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Job Seekers Must Find the Right Recruiter for Them

Some recruiting firms have quotas.  Their recruiters must meet with the required number of candidates, even if the candidates are outside of their field.  I’m not sure why a recruiter would want to spend time with someone they know they can’t help, but I’m certain that it’s not a good use of a candidate’s time.   How do you make sure that a recruiter can help you find a job that matches your specific set of skills and preferences?  Ask these two questions to make sure your recruiter can actually help you find a great job.

1.    Tell me the last five jobs you filled in MY industry?

What if they can’t answer that?  Maybe there’s a good reason for it.  It might be a seasonal thing.  For example, there’s not a lot of hiring going on for tax accountants after tax season.  So, maybe you can follow up by asking:

2.    When was the last time you filled MY type of job?

Feel free to politely express your anxiety if your recruiter can’t answer these questions. Why are these great questions?  There is no way for a recruiter to fake the answers.  You either have the jobs and connections or you don’t.  The ability to develop you as a top candidate and connect you with best available positions is at the core of what you need.

Candidates meet with recruiters to find a specific type of job.  From the start, you need to make sure that a recruiter has the experience and access to do that for you.  What are the odds that you will be a recruiter’s first placement in an industry outside of their specialty?  Why take that chance?  Ask these questions, and the answers will tell you whether to stick with your recruiter or go somewhere else.