10 Rules For Working With Recruiters

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Working with a recruiter

Guest Blogger: The Creative Network

When working with a recruiter, it’s important to keep in mind that the recruiter’s primary responsibility is to the client that’s paying the bill.

Here are some key points to help you be a more effective candidate in this situation:

  1. Consider it an interview. Although a good recruiter will be able to provide great advice, they are primarily looking at you as a hiring company would. Consider your time with them a job interview, not a career counseling session. Put your best professional foot forward.
  2. Take responsibility. A good recruiter may market you proactively to their clients IF they view you as bringing unique skills, an above average professionalism, or an exceptional presentation to the table. If you want them to market you, it’s your responsibility to help them see that.
  3. Be accessible. If they are trying to reach you with an opportunity, they want to talk to you right away, and will move on to someone else if it’s too difficult or takes too long to get in touch. Furthermore, if they have too hard a time reaching you one time, they may not try again with other opportunities later.
  4. Know what you want. In speaking with a recruiter, as when you’re networking with others, they can’t help you if they are not clear on what you are looking for. They don’t want to send a candidate to their client that is wishy-washy in their objectives.
  5. Don’t stick them with surprises, and be reliable with what you agree to. Don’t tell their client something different than you tell them… especially salary historyand expectations.
  6. Be flexible. Make it easy for them to schedule interviews for you. They are less likely to work with you if they can’t find common times that you and their client are available to meet.
  7. Be upbeat and cheerful. You don’t have to be the “life of the party”, but no one wants to work with a grouch.
  8. Show confidence, but don’t be cocky. “I’m your dream candidate” kind of an approach will alienate them, not make you more attractive.
  9. Be focused and concise. Rambling on and on to make sure they know “all” about you will not help. Give them the key points, and let them ask questions. Then give succinct answers.
  10. Keep careful documentation of the company contacts you’ve had. Do not have a recruiter pursue a company you’ve already presented to, and do not allow more than one recruiter pursue the same companies for you. You will likely miss out on an opportunity because of the confusion of the source of your information.

The Creative Network, Inc. is an executive recruiting firm with expertise in the consumer products industries with emphasis in the Art/Craft, Office Products, Gift, Stationery, Toy, Publishing, Home Decor, and Tabletop, HBA and Grocery Channels.

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