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Maximizing Your Recruiter Relationship
Getting Your Foot in the Door
The best way to get noticed by a recruiter is by getting a referral from a networking contact or acquaintance in your industry. Cold calling an agency to meet directly may not give you the results you want. Have your referral call the recruiter or shoot them an email. Or send the email yourself and let them know who referred you. If you’re new to the area and don’t know anyone, join an organization within your industry to meet people. Most savvy recruiters will pay particular attention to newcomers. They want the opportunity to represent new talent in town before their competitors have the chance to.
Answer Your Phone!
What is the best way to get your name on your agency’s short list? Aside from having a killer resume and a great PDF portfolio (check out our blog posts on these topics!), how you handle the call from your recruiter is of utmost importance. Definitely answer the call or return the message as soon as possible. Recruiters are busy and want to get a great candidate presented to a client immediately.
When your recruiter tells you about the position, listen carefully and take notes. If the position isn’t a fit with your skills, share the names of contacts from your network to help them track down the right talent person. Many agencies will pay you for successful referrals. In return, your recruiter will continue to focus on how your skills and experience could be a good fit for the right client. Working with a recruiter is a two-way street. Taking time to build rapport with a recruiter will pay off in the long haul.
Staying on the top of your recruiter’s mind ensures that you are one of the first people they think of when a job or project request comes in. Call or email your recruiter to check in at regular intervals; every couple weeks or at least once a month. Many times a candidate will wonder why they interviewed at an agency and never heard from them again. The more engaged you are with your recruiter, the better chance you have of getting called for work.
Continually update your resume and portfolio and let your recruiter know about it. Your new experience or software knowledge may be just what the next client is looking for.
If you are doing these things and still not receiving calls for jobs you see posted, there may be several reasons; the job may not have the salary requirements you are looking for, the location may be further than you indicated you wanted to drive, you want to work offsite and the position is onsite or the client may have a very specific experience requirement. i.e. A certain software, agency experience, work history in a certain industry.
Don’t give up! Stay in touch with your recruiter.