A few years ago, when I was looking for a job as a sales executive with a major advertising or publishing company, one of the resources I used for my search was a recruiter. I had good and bad experiences with different recruiters. With there being thousands of job recruiters in the market, it was quite challenging to determine the right recruiter to work with. Working with a good or bad recruiter can make or break a job search. There are three traits that I found to look out for when choosing the right recruiter to work with. They are the following:
Knowledgeable – Good recruiters should not only know the business that they are recruiting for but they also should have a thorough understanding of those businesses needs. With this understanding he or she should be able to tell you whether or not you are a good candidate for the business they are recruiting for and why. He or she should also be able to provide some type of guidance on how you can make yourself look better and be more qualified for the types of roles you want to get hired for.
Caring – Although a recruiter’s payment comes from the employer and not the candidate, a good recruiter will show that they care about you and your job search. This can be shown by their willingness to listen to you and attempt to find employer matches based your career goals and intentions
A Good Reputation – Bad recruiters won’t have solid list of clients/employers that they serve. A great question to ask a recruiter before you decide to work with him or her is which companies he or she has made placements in. If he or she has a track record of working with solid employers in your industry, you will know that he or she can be an asset to your job search.
This Tuesday, May 8 I will be having a FREE conference call to talk more about using recruiters. I will discuss how to catch the eye of good recruiters. The fact is that they sort through hundreds of resumes everyday to find the “right” candidate to place into open positions. By registering for this exciting conference call you will know how to increase your chances of successfully landing your dream job through a recruiter.
You will learn the following:
- How to build lasting beneficial relationships with recruiters
- Why a recruiter may not put you in for a job
- How to get the recruiter to sell you better to employers
- The common mistakes that turn recruiters off
- The commons myths about how recruiters work