Job Seekers to Network with Recruiters

Recruiters have an addenda when they speak with you and a plan.  Typically, a recruiter wants to learn about your experience and get to the root of can you fill one of their positions.  Some recruiters will have a long term approach as to how can I find a position for you if I don’t currently have one.

 

A job seeker needs to have a similar plan.  Ask the recruiter:

  • Do you currently have a position?
  • Where do you see me as a good fit?
  • Do you recommend any revisions to my resume?
  • Ultimately I would like to be in an XYZ role.  What have you seen from other candidates that have allowed them to get to that level?
  • What other recruiters do you know that I might connect with?

That’s right.  Ask that question.  Recruiters know recruiters who know recruiters, etc.  Maybe ask for a connection with a corporate recruiter at a particular company that is of interest to you.

 

If you don’t ask you won’t get an answer.  As a corporate recruiter, I always connect with other recruiters to share qualified candidates and help good people.  Now the term “good” is subjective but more times than not I will do what I can or at least try to point someone in the right direction if they are interested or at least try to be engaging.

 

As a candidate, take a big picture approach.  Gauge the recruiter based upon what they see in the marketplace, for individuals with your specific qualifications, most common types of positions they work on.  This will give you a good feel for the recruiter, their knowledge of the market and what level of positions they most work on.  This will help to narrow down those you are comfortable working with on a search and those that appear to have your interest in hand.

 

Questions are a good thing, or you won’t get the answers you need.

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About kufarms
10 years in HR and recruiting both in the corporate and agency worlds. Corporate Recruiter and Socail Media Strategist. Looking to share and discuss topics as well as hopefully provide some thought. Dad of 2 with a loving wife.

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