Building A Relationship With A Recruiter

Inevitably, more newcomers than ever will be moving closer to recruiters, uncertain of the etiquette. And inevitably, recruiters will be wading through their incomes, paying closest attention to the candidates who stand out the most.

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11. Apr 2020
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Building A Relationship With A Recruiter

Over the past four weeks, more than million Americans have filed for unemployment in what The Washington Post called a rapid and unprecedented deterioration in the U.S. economy. Across all industries, including many sectors of commercial real estate, freshly unemployed job seekers are mustering strength to venture back out into the roller coaster of a job market. Been halted, but in many cases, it has slowed. Inevitably, more newcomers than ever will be moving closer to recruiters, uncertain of the etiquette. And inevitably, recruiters will be wading through their incomes, paying closest attention to the candidates who stand out the most.

Recruiters main job is to assist companies scale and grow in a sustainable way, and to help candidates take the next steps in their careers. Of course most recruiters help clients who come to them with a need, but recruiters also proactively meeting people and networking with different candidates or clients. To a recruiter networking is one important part of their success.  

Search For Recruiters
Find Your Recruiter Beyond a LinkedIn or Google search for recruiters specializing in your sector, a number of free online services i.e. Top Echelon, i-Recruit, careerplace and others can help locate the right recruiters by industry. it s best to narrow down your list of recruiters in advance and just reach out to one or two at a time and draw up a relationship. 

Know What You’re Looking For
The more clarity candidates can get for themselves before their initial conversation with a recruiter, the more productive that conversation can be. To figure out what you are looking for, think about the things you’re enjoying about your current role, what you would like to change if you could: this is where I’m at; this is what I’m enjoying about my current position; this is what I find challenging; moving forward, these are the types of opportunities or types of companies I’m interested in. Knowing any of these answers to these types of questions will give a recruiter a good baseline for what opportunities may be a fit. 

Identify Your Weaknesses
Before approaching a recruiter, job seekers should visualize where they wish to be in their career and then identify what stands between their current position and their objective one. Is it getting a certification? Getting hands-on experience within another department in your company? A good recruiter can help you walk through those questions and help you find what you may be missing or what opportunities there are to expand on your skill set. Think through this question in advance and be ready for your initial conversation with a recruiter to make the most progress.


Schedule Follow Ups
time to schedule a follow-up, is a great start. Then, aim to make a suitable impression. Gestures such as a thank you note following an initial interview not serve only to help its sender stand out in a crowd. This gesture foreshadows for a recruiter how a candidate may interact with clients. A candidate who represents themselves well in turning represents me well to my clients.