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Job Search Strategies: Finding the Best Recruiter For You

Choosing a recruiting partner is an important decision. You are asking this person, and their firm, to help you further your career and achieve your goals. Ideally, this would be a long-term relationship where your recruiter serves as your trusted career advisor, helping you navigate an ever-changing employment and industry landscape.

Given the importance of this relationship, it is shocking how few job candidates take the time and effort to become educated consumers of recruitment services. In my opinion, the two are research and personal assessment.

Research Your Recruiter and Their Firm

Job candidate research means leveraging the internet for all information available on your potential career advisor and their firm. Use social media as intelligence to answer the following questions:

How connected is your recruiter? Your recruiter is only as good as their network.

How experienced is your recruiter? Recruitment is a difficult business, and a recruiter and firm’s longevity demonstrates connections, skill, and a track record of success.

How large is the firm? Firm resources may increase or decrease the effectiveness of your recruiter.

LinkedIn and Google can help you start answering these questions in just a few minutes. Do your research to be prepared for your face-to-face meeting with your potential career advisor.

Assess the Recruiter

Once you have done your homework, it’s time to meet your recruiter in person. It is imperative that you ask good questions that prove this person is a credible recruiter with a track record of success. Here are some examples of questions that may help you assess your potential recruiter:

What is your approach, including philosophy and insight on the markets?

What is your relationship with specific target companies?

Can you list your recent and past job placements?

A good recruiter is open and honest about their network and approach. They should name, for example, specific companies, people, and locations. They should offer a convincing back story if they lack a strong connection to your industry, job, or similar placements. Assess the recruiter’s ability to answer your specific needs as opposed to generic answers.

Make the Best Choice for You

Researching recruiters and assessing them in person seems like straightforward advice, but job candidates frequently fail to take these vital steps. The failure to be an educated consumer can lead to a prolonged or unsuccessful job search, failing to land you a desired position, or placing you somewhere that is not the best fit for your needs. Take a hard look at a recruiter and only accept the best fit for your needs.

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