As individuals rise through the ranks of corporate America, their value to executive recruiters increases too. Whenever someone with valuable skills is looking to find a new job, it's important they understand how to work with a recruiter.
In this article, we're going to discuss how to work effectively with an executive recruiter. That discussion will briefly touch upon the fundamental relationship between recruiter and client or job seeker. More importantly, we're going to discuss how to optimize that relationship so the odds of finding a more rewarding or a higher paying job increases.
Working with a recruiter is a satisfying experience because, by its very nature, the goal is to create win-win situations:
Because all of the participants end up in a winning situation, there's a lot of incentive to cooperate and freely share information.
Everyone interested in climbing through the executive ranks needs to know how to work effectively with a recruiter. This is especially important if someone is contacted by the recruiter first. By understanding some of the simple rules of thumb that follow, it's possible to increase the odds of quickly finding a job.
When working with a recruiter, it's important to build a feeling of trust since they will have access to some very private information. The client is also assuming a small risk they will taint the relationship they have with an existing employer; especially when seeking employment elsewhere.
A recruiter that is acting responsibly and professionally will always follow these guidelines:
In the same way the client should expect an executive recruiter to act professionally, it's only reasonable to expect clients to act professionally too. The following guidelines will help to ensure an effective working relationship between client and recruiter:
The more restrictions a client has, the longer it's likely to take to find a job that abides by those restrictions. That being said, it's important to work with someone that's going to work hard for their client. If there hasn't been a lead on a significant opportunity in a three-month timeframe, then it's probably time to move on.
Before switching recruiters, it may be beneficial to appeal to their competitive spirit. A simple way to try to motivate them is politely suggest the services of someone that has more connections in a specific job niche may be in order. Individuals working in this field are quite competitive with one another, and this approach will often result in the redoubling of their efforts.
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