Executive recruiters work with clients and candidates to find a great mutual match – meeting the needs of the company and helping candidates on their career path at the same time. They can make your search quicker and more effective than if you were going at it alone.
If you’ve decided to work with a recruiter, there are some best practices to help you achieve your goals. Here are 5 tips from our team of Recruiters that will help you navigate the process and find success in your search;
- Invest in the relationship. Don’t hold back, be honest. The more a recruiter understands the more likely they are to be successful in helping you land that dream job. Share with the recruiter upfront what your expectations/ goals regarding your partnership.
- Work exclusively with your recruiter. In working with only one recruiter they will make calls on your behalf to locate good job options. Also, you should be active in your search, find the jobs you would want to interview on and then send those jobs to the recruiter. Let them chase down the information about the role and client and set up an interview. By doing so you are increasing your chances of getting an interview, and with representation you are more likely to be prepared, move forward, and to negotiate a better package versus someone applying directly through a website or HR.
- Be transparent. The more information that you can share with your recruiter, the more likely they’ll have the insight to help you. Share specific details of what you’re looking for (i.e. a faith based, not-for-profit in a non-union environment in the Mid Atlantic that would offer a total compensation of no less than 110K). Also, be yourself. Don’t be a “chameleon” who changes to what you think the recruiter, or the company wants to see. Be your true self – comfortable and confident in your own skin.
- Be prepared. A good recruiter will know the true “lay of the land” of the position. Be ready to share your quantified achievements that fit what the client is looking for. What does the client need and how will your background and achievements be their best solution?
- Brag about yourself. This way your recruiter can brag about you to the prospective hiring manager – noting measurable outcomes and ways that you’ve made money, saved money, and improved the process make you more marketable.
Even if you are not currently active in your search, don’t underestimate the power of knowing a good recruiter. Build a relationship with one, let them know your career, family and lifestyle goals so if and when that right opportunity becomes available they will know to call you first.
The best career moves are made by candidates who are happy in their current positions, but if the perfect opportunity presents itself, you would want to know. For example – a hospital closer to home or family, the opportunity to work for an organization that is on your dream list of employers, or the opportunity to be part of a new initiative in healthcare. A good recruiter will care enough to do everything they can to help you land the job – if you want the job. Once you find a recruiter who truly cares about you and your career goal aspirations, they will be your friend for life!
Our team is here to help you in your career – Give us a call, let us get to know your goals, aspirations, and needs, and we’ll get to work for you!
-Sean Milius, CEO