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How to Work With a Recruiter in Your Local Market

Published: November 22, 2013 Author: Clearpoint Tags: Job Hunting - Resume Tips

The decision to work with a recruiter can be a difficult one. Of course, there are success stories from candidates who've landed their dream jobs through recruiters--but there are also disheartening stories of recruiters who never call, don't respond to messages, and seemingly couldn't care less about helping anyone find a job.

So how do you become one of the successes? These tips will help you find and work with a recruiter who's right for you and your job search goals, so you can cruise down the path of a satisfying career.

Understanding recruiters: The top myths, busted

The first thing to keep in mind when working with a recruiter is that the recruiting firm is working to fill a position for their client. Their primary interests are to find qualified candidates that will make companies happy and prove a good, long-term fit for the position. While a recruiters focus is on filling the position, they are also able to help prepare you for the job search.

At Clearpoint, they are able to help you rework your resume and improve your job search strategy. Whether you are looking for a contract, contract-to-hire, or direct hire position, Clearpoint is able to help you prepare yourself for a proactive job search.

Choosing recruiters: Don't throw spaghetti

Just as in a traditional job search, the "throw it against the wall and see what sticks" method won't work when choosing a recruiter. Professional recruiters who place a lot of clerical and administrative candidates aren't going to be able to help a software engineer, or a production line manager.

Look for recruiters and recruitment agencies who specialize in your desired industry. Do a little homework to find out whether they've successfully placed candidates in your field, and choose recruiters with current, active networks.

Also, keep in mind that working with multiple local recruiters can backfire. Many companies work with several agencies to fill positions, and if your name shows up more than once for the same position from different recruiters, things can get awkward.

Meeting with recruiters: First impressions count

Recruiters have the same problems as companies who hire directly: They'll typically receive resumes and applications from far more candidates than they're able to work with, in any given time period. This means you have to stand out.

When you have a scheduled first meeting with a recruiter, make sure you present yourself professionally. Dress as you would for a job interview, and arrive earlier than your appointed time--especially if you're going to an agency, where you'll probably have paperwork to fill out.

If you make a favorable impression on a recruiter, they'll be more interested in helping you--and more likely to put extra effort into placing you.

Working with recruiters: Have plans in place

Recruiters regularly work with multiple job candidates, often 10 to 20 or more per week. Things can get pretty busy for them. If you want to work successfully with a recruiter, the most important thing to do is establish honesty and clear communication, right from the start.

Be as specific as possible about your career goals, both short-term and long-term. Recruiters don't want to place you in a "just a paycheck" job. If you hate it, you won't stick around--and they won't get paid. If your goals or plans change during the course of your job search, your recruiter should be the first to know.

You should also discuss communication styles with your recruiter, so you know what to expect. Does the recruiter keep in touch with candidates regularly, even if there's nothing to report? Should you only expect to be contacted when there's a potential job match? What's the best way to get answers if you have a question?

Working with a recruiter can be a solid path to career success, if you treat the relationship professionally and earnestly. With a little extra effort and attention to detail, you could land the job of your dreams.

If you are looking for Houston TX recruiters, contact Clearpoint today.

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