How to Work With Recruiters
|Finding high caliber candidates is a tough
job. We look for and recruit only the best - and it's
your job to demonstrate that you are, in fact, the best
at what you do. Don't hide your light underneath the bushel
basket by underselling yourself with a poorly written resume
or blowing the interview by not knowing how to respond.
There are all kinds of recruiters out there, good ones and bad
ones. If you have interviewed several and have been able to
select the one that is right for you, here are ideas on how to
make the relationship a "win - win" for everyone!
2. Offer your recruiter exclusivity: Don't
make recruiters compete with your own job search. Let your
recruiter pre-screen and qualify companies so you don't have
to. It's the recruiter's job to know who is hiring and what
skills are in demand. You don't need to apply to every job on
the internet. If you see a job that interests you, let your
recruiter know about it. This will actually save you time and
money and reduce interruptions in your workday. This also
means that you only have to train one recruiter on who you are
and what company culture you are seeking.
3. Show your recruiter that you are committed
to search process by building a partnership that will last
for years and produce long term, high quality results. Make
the recruiter part of your team. Let your recruiter serve as
a consultant; this will produce high quality
interviews and offers that are what you are truly seeking.
4. Provide all of the information the
recruiter requests in a timely fashion. This is a
demonstration of your commitment to the recruiter. Also,
events can happen quickly and the information may be of utmost
5. Promptly return all of the recruiter's
6. Set up a regular schedule for talking to
the recruiter and getting progress reports. Keep your name in
front of the recruiter.
7. Require performance and professionalism
from the recruiter.
8. Refer any contact from a potential
employer to the recruiter. Yes, there really are companies
that try to step around the recruiting firm!
9. Require the recruiter to pre-screen and
qualify any potential employers.
10. If your recruiter counsels you in any
way or suggests alterations to your resume, listen, correct,
change and heed the advice. Your recruiter is the expert.
We've saved the number 1 rule for last. The most important
rule of all is:
1. BE HONEST with
your recruiter! Do not lie, "fudge", embellish or
use any type of nonsense with your recruiter. It will turn
around and bite you, no matter what. Do not falsify any
information on your resume. Yes, we really do verify degrees
and we really do call your references. If you have a problem
or concern, discuss it openly with your recruiter and together
you can decide how to handle the issue.