How to Work Effectively With Recruiters
it means to me” is a line
made famous by Aretha Franklin, and one that recruiters
have adopted as their mantra. This is probably because
there is a love-hate relationship between candidates and
recruiters. Specifically, candidates love what recruiters
can do for them, but at the same time, aren’t fond of the
fact that they need their
hardly blame candidates, since over the years recruiters
have been branded as uncaring, money-hungry vultures who
have their eyes set only on the bottom line. Whether there
is a grain of truth to that belief or not, I can’t say for
sure. However, what I do know is that recruiters have been,
and will continue to be, a viable resource for candidates.
For this reason, recruiters shouldn’t be dismissed, but
instead appreciated for the role they play in the career
recruiters suggest that job seekers don’t fully understand
what a recruiter’s function is in the job search process,
and that this is where the lack of respect originates. In an
effort to educate job seekers, below are some pointers that
recruiters want every job seeker to
Respect what recruiters do.
Although recruiters don’t work
for you, the good ones will work with you. With a hiring
company in mind, a recruiter will make recommendations on
how you should change your resume, the way you interview
and/or the way you dress. If this is the case, heed his or
her advice. Recruiters have insider information on the
specifications the hiring organization is searching for, and
the clues they provide are based on that
Respect what recruiters can’t do for
recruiter’s allegiance is to the hiring organization.
Therefore, he or she is going to spend his/her time and
resources on scouting a candidate that fits the hiring
organization’s specifications, not on finding you a job.
That’s why it is important to realize that recruiters are
just one source of getting interviews. Your job search plan
should include other methods of gaining employment such as
networking, answering want ads and responding to Internet
Respect the interview with a
your war stories for your local bartender. When you contact
recruiters, be discriminating about the type of information
you provide. A meeting with a recruiter is an interview.
Don’t allow the informality of the conversation to convince
you otherwise. During a meeting with a recruiter you will be
judged on your performance; therefore, be professional at
Respect a recruiter’s time.
When a recruiter has
recommended you for a position, that means he or she has
invested time in your career; therefore, respect their time,
return their phone calls, and provide them feedback on the
company after any interview. Recruiters are especially
interested in knowing your interest level, your thoughts
about the interviewer, the run
down of the interview process,
and the next step agreed to by you and the company.
Respect a recruiter’s
reputation. Recruiters aren’t just out to fill a job
order. Their credibility is dependent on the caliber of
candidates they send on interviews. As a result, recruiters
look for candidates who know what they want, present
themselves professionally, and are out to win job offers.
with a recruiter, a partnership is formed; and in order for
the relationship to be successful, there must be a mutual
respect between the two of you. Recruiters want to work with
candidates who want to work with them, not candidates who
are having difficulty finding a job and want to be rescued.
If you can effectively convey to a recruiter that you have a
sincere interest in working with him or her, you’ll find
yourself in turn treated with