November 17, 2015 Shera Walton

Why and How to work with a Recruiter in your Career Search

If you are a die-hard independent person like me, you probably conquer your large projects yourself, without the use of an expert.  Who needs one, right?  I usually chalk it up to a learning experience spending countless hours researching and comparing different approaches.  But in the end, I saved money!  Right….

So why would you use a Recruiter when it comes to one of the biggest projects of your life; finding a new job?  You can figure it out.  This new non-personal high tech way of submitting your resume into a dark abyss and never hearing anything back.    No help needed, right?  Well that may end up costing you a lot of time and maybe even your dream job.  Let’s face it, looking for a job is almost a fulltime job in its self.  So why not let someone who knows how to navigate the abyss help you out?

An ethical and professional Recruiter can be your best weapon.  Why?  Because Recruiters have contacts to 100’s of Hiring Managers.  And in small-to-mid size Companies, without Human Resources Machines, who do you think they turn to when they have a position open?  You guessed it.  Recruiters.   You won’t see the job posted on a job board by these companies.  Nope.  The only way you will know of these openings is through a Recruiter.  And the best part is that it costs you nothing to use a Recruiter’s expertise and leverage their connections.

So how do you find a Recruiter if you don’t already know one?  You can ask friends / family that you can trust with your search secret.  Ask people in your same field, as you will be better served using a Specialist .  For example, if you are in IT use an IT Recruiter, Finance and Accounting, an F&A Recruiter, etc.  You can also look at job boards for jobs that sound interesting and contact the Recruiter posting.  Chances are they have more jobs than are posted.

A good Recruiter will want to find out about you in general.  Where do you want to work, commute preference, salary expectations, company culture, etc.  Share with them as much as you can on what you are seeking.  And once an opportunity has been identified, they will also guide you through the interview process and negotiate on your behalf to ensure you get the best offer.

During your search, make sure you reach out to your recruiter (for most email is good as Recruiters are always on the phone) at least once per week letting them know what is going on in your search.  This will keep you top of mind and ensure your Recruiter keeps working for you!

Happy searching!

About the Author

Shera Walton My ten plus years in the Recruiting Industry have provided me with the connections, insight and ability to assist you in a confidential career search. So if you are seeking a Career Coach who will listen to you, treat you with respect and has a high degree of integrity, let's start a conversation! Even if you are happily employed, let's talk about what your "dream" job might look like. It's never a bad time to start and better to start before it is too late...

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