April 1, 2019

Choosing The Right Recruiter For Your Job Search

by Scott Thompson

What are the biggest life decisions you can make? In no particular order, these come to mind for me:

  • Deciding on College
  • Finding a Partner/Getting Married
  • Buying a Car and House
  • Having Children
  • Building a Career

In each of those first four scenarios, you probably look to parents, mentors and trusted advisers for help with decisions. The same is absolutely true with your career and career changes. The average job tenure in the U.S. is 24 months, meaning in your lifetime you could have 15 or more jobs. No two situations are the same. Working with a recruiter can make a huge impact on the success of your career.

A Recruiter’s Purpose

A recruiter should be an excellent communicator and, above all, an empathetic listener. How else can they identify opportunities that align with your professional goals? A recruiter is your advocate.

  • Select someone you trust to be your partner and helpful guide through all phases of your search.

A Recruiter’s Expertise

Successful recruiters are experts in select industries and intimately know about the clients they serve in those disciplines. They have product and market knowledge about career opportunities in your field.

  • Find a recruiter with established networks to maintain the highest level of discretion and attention to detail for your search.

A Recruiter’s Responsibilities

Recruiters should be staffing experts who can recognize, anticipate and navigate the complexities of a job search. A recruiter should offer assistance in many steps of the process.

  1. Career planning. A discussion about who, what, where, when and why to achieve your personal and professional goals.
  2. Protecting your privacy. Your job search needs to be confidential. Privacy should be one of their top priorities.
  3. Resume Writing. What to put in. What to leave out. How best to encapsulate your expertise.
  4. Interviewing Development. Staying organized, knowing how to prioritize and preparing for a whirlwind of key meetings to get the job you want.
  5. Compensation Negotiations. Money is a major factor no matter your other reasons for changing jobs. Explore healthy doses of realism with market trends and maximum earning potential.
  6. Resignation & Counteroffers. The most unexpected time to be on an emotional roller coaster, this is where a recruiter feels and acts like an old friend.


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