Think of working with a recruiter like using a dating service. If you put in minimal effort and swipe right a few times, you probably won’t get many great matches. Put in the time and effort so we really get to know you and what you’re looking for and you’re much more likely to be matched with your new long-term partner.
First, and most importantly, trust us. We’re here to advocate for you however we can. We’ll be honest in our evaluation of your background and how that fits with the current market. You might see a great job posted on our website where you fit every requirement and wonder why we aren’t reaching out. Again, trust us. Something about the role won’t work out for you. We’ve been doing this for 30 years—if this was your dream role where all the pieces aligned, we would have already reached out.
Second, timing really does matter. The best time to reach out to a recruiter is when you’re currently working and okay with your current role, but looking for new opportunities and growth. We’re fairly reactive on the roles we work on, so it might be weeks or months before we get in your dream role. Keep in touch and let us know how your search is going. It’s always tougher to start the search when you are miserable, vulnerable or desperate. This can be a recipe for disaster and jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
Third, when you meet with us, be honest about everything – the truth and the facts. That would include salary requirements, the real reason why your last job ended, what your coworkers would say about you, how you won’t commute anymore after the last three years you’ve spent in traffic – we want to know your baggage, warts and all. We can listen to you pain points—the failures and frustrations in past jobs you want to avoid in your new relationships—and give you advice in your search.
That means also be honest with yourself. The companies you want to work for will be evaluating you, so you should take the time to think about your weaknesses, strengths, parts of your previous jobs you’ve loved and parts you’ve hated. Take as much time as you would researching a new company and spend that figuring out you! Do this before you we meet. If you don’t know yourself well enough to know if it will be a good fit, there’s no way we will!
Finally, be responsive! We’ll do our best to work around your schedule. Check your email, text, voicemail and get back to us ASAP. We’re working on your behalf, as quick as you’ll let us.
On the flip side, expect us to be responsive too. Yes, we’ve been busy. However, you’re one of our top priorities. Follow up with us. We’ll do our best to let you know if we can help – or not – but we’ll let you know if we can’t.