Presumptions, we all have them and working with a recruiter is no different. It can be a hit or miss experience. I believe there are 3 categories you can fall into. Which one are you?
1. Recruiters, I love them. They always come through for me!
2. I believe it is a necessary evil to find a job.
3. Recruiters, I thought that was for college ball or sports?
When looking for a new job working with a recruiter can be scary depending on your past experience. In this blog post, I want to help ease that fear by prepping you on how to better understand your recruiter.
What to look for in your recruiter
The recruiter you want to work with is one who will go to bat for you. They are your advocate for the job they are submitting you up for. Trust and a good reputation should be at the top of your checklist when working with your recruiter. Your recruiter should also be a specialist in your area of expertise. If you are working with a general recruiter, chances are they don’t understand your specific technology and won’t have a ton of opportunities for you.
Asking these questions will give you a better understanding of your recruiter, and help you discern their own expertise in your market.
Now onto the questions,
- What type of jobs do you work on?
- What companies have you worked with?
- Do they work on full-time placements or contract or even both?
- Do you work jobs in one location or do you cover the entire country?
- Are the jobs you work onsite or remote?
- How many candidates do you place on average a month?
- What do you know about my technology? (Don’t get me wrong most recruiters aren’t technical but they should be able to explain what you do.)
If you find the right recruiter they can even be a career coach for you.
The marketplace and trends are always moving fast in the tech industry. A recruiter is talking to hiring managers daily and not only learning about what the position requires, but about the different projects, and skills needed for each team they help build.
If you are making a transition out of a full-time position, chances are it may have been a few years or even a decade since you last looked for a job. Be wise, lean on the recruiter’s expertise. A good recruiter knows their market inside and out.
You may ask, “How do I know if they are a great recruiter?”
Here are some questions you could ask.
- What jobs are you seeing in the marketplace for my skill sets?
- Are there more jobs or candidates in the marketplace?
- What skills do I need to work on to improve my chances of getting the job?
- How is my resume? What do I need to change, add or even take away?
On the flip side, when you are working with a recruiter there are things you should be upfront about as well. As a recruiter, our job is to serve both you as the candidate and our client, filling the position.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog post, where I will share Why Candidates Should be Frank with their Recruiters.
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