DiceTV: How To Turn Your Recruiter Into Your Advocate

The Script

Job seekers encounter enough set-backs and opposition in today’s market, so why go it alone? Adopt a team approach by soliciting a small network of veteran recruiters and making them your advocates.

I’m Cat Miller and this is DiceTV.

As you set out on your job search, select a handful of experienced recruiters who know the local market and make frequent placements within your area of expertise. You want to leverage their relationships with IT line managers and capitalize on their ability to score prime job orders and exclusive searches, while newbie recruiters and solo job seekers fight over the leftovers.

Build a relationship with your recruiter by having a face-to-face meeting and sharing your career goals and work preferences. That way you’re not just another name in the database and your recruiter will think of you first when the right opportunity comes along.

Listen to your recruiter, because they know the market’s limitations and whether your financial demands are reasonable. They can help you ace the interview by letting you know the manager’s hot buttons, previous interview questions, their work environment and current priorities. They’ll likely know the competition during a search, and can help you set a strategy to come out on top.

Think of your recruiter like a doctor or lawyer. Be completely candid about your technical experience and earnings. A veteran recruiter knows how to overcome candidate shortfalls, but they’ll end the relationship immediately if a deal falls through because you misrepresented the facts.

Always return their calls and e-mails and offer them immediate feedback after an interview. Keep them updated on your status so they can present your profile with confidence. Reward their efforts by sending them referrals.

Remember, a recruiter will fight hard to meet your salary demands, so they can close the deal. And technical managers judge recruiters by the candidates they send, so build a reciprocal relationship by making a great impression during interviews.

I’m Cat Miller and this has been DiceTV. We now return you to your regular desktop.

Comments

  1. BY Rob says:

    Another tip: avoid dealing with the recruiters who contact you and then proceed to vanish off the face of the earth, never returning your calls or emails…

  2. BY Ndifreke Asuquo says:

    I most respectfully thank you for the emails that you have been sending to me but the problem is tha here in Nigeria the %of graduates that passout every year is too alarming and it makes it difficult to be employed.
    So i solicit your humane considerations.
    I am a graduate of Urban and Regional Planning.
    Thank you for the attention in my article

  3. Hum, interesting insights in job market. However, the pictures given are a bit discouraging and some of them gave me a feel that recruiters and recruitees are evil and tricky folks. Other than that, I give a 5/5 for all the rest of the article.

  4. BY Martin says:

    As opposed to being your pimp. Good thought and occasionally it works out. Some don’t understand and that means working through client to replace recruiter/body shop. That last is from medium length contract in shiny new data center for Mars. Happy Thursday ;).

  5. BY David says:

    This article/video presents great information on working with recruiters and how they should deal with you. During the last nine months, I’ve had five face-to-face interviews with recruiters, yielding two short-term jobs. Three of the recruiters contact me regularly, and they have been professional, respectful, and understanding. Along the way, however, I have had dealings with more than a dozen of the most unprofessional “recruiters” I have ever met. One had such a thick accent and talked so quickly I had to give-up and just end the phone conversation. More than a few of them want all kinds of additonal information (redo my resume, provide references, fill-in a skills matrix, etc.) which would have been fine, except I NEVER heard from them again. Cat is absolutely correct that job seekers should align themselves with a few experienced, professional recruiters. Further, the job seeker should have a great repoire with the recruiter, which was certainly the case for the two recruiters who found jobs for me.

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