5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Recruiter

Otherwise known as your job search’s best friend.

A recruiter—someone who knows the job market inside and out—can be an incredible asset to your career, whether you’re actively looking for a job or not. Get the most out of your recruiter relationship with these five tips.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Recruiter

The Skill Set: Working With a Recruiter

1. Find the best recruiter for you

Find one who specializes in your field. Jennifer Lenkowsky, director of administrative services at recruitment firm Russell Tobin, suggests researching a potential recruiter’s background on LinkedIn to see what other candidates and clients have to say about them. “You want someone who’s had success placing candidates in the roles you’re looking for,” she says. She recommends meeting first and asking questions like: What types of jobs do you recruit for? Does my background mimic those of the candidates you’ve had the most success with? What is the normal timeframe for you to find a candidate a job? 

2. Update your online presence

Ensure that the information on your resume and social media profiles are current and accurate, including dates of employment, titles and education. “Some candidates choose to include that they are actively looking for a role on their social media outlets,” says Jennifer. “Recruiters will be to be drawn to a candidate who’s aggressively looking for a role, as opposed to a passive one they’ll need to entice.” 

3. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Work with two or three recruiters. “Timing is everything,” says Jennifer. “I’m honest with candidates—if I think I can place them myself based on the current market, I ask for a two-week exclusive before they work with other recruiters. If not, I suggest they venture down alternate roads.” 

4. Let your recruiter do their job

The majority of the job-search process should funnel through your recruiter—that includes scheduling interviews, follow-ups, references and salary negotiations. Keep your recruiter in the loop. “If your recruiter already has a great relationship with the company you want to work for, there’s no benefit to going around them,” says Jennifer. 

5. Communicate consistently

Check in regularly with your recruiter. If you’re actively interviewing for positions, respond immediately to any inquiries that come your way. “I can’t tell you how many times candidates have missed out on openings because they didn’t get back to me,” says Jennifer. “If you’re going to look for a job, do it 110%!” If you’re not actively looking for a job, keep in contact with a recruiter you love anyway. “I have candidates that I placed 12 years ago who still reach out just to check in and see what the market conditions are,” she says.


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