Trusting your career to a recruiter is a big deal. You know that their primary motivation (and compensation!) comes from employers, so how can you be sure that they’ll also keep your best interests in mind? Here’s what you need to ask to make sure you are partnering with the right firm.
1.) Do they have a good track record?
Ask where they’ve placed people. What kind of jobs, industries or specific employers. How many placements has the recruiter you’re assigned to made in the last six months? Can he/she provide testimonials? Put you in touch with some successfully placed candidates? A reputable firm will be happy to provide details.
2.) Will they help you tweak your resume?
They don’t need to rewrite it for you, but a pro will tell you, “Hey, I’m trying to put you up for this business development position. Your resumé should show quantifiable results. Update it with some numbers and we’ll really knock the hiring manager’s socks off.”
3.) Will they check with you before sending out your resume?
Don’t work with a recruiter who will pepper the region with your information. You’re probably not qualified for, or interested in, a hundred different jobs. You don’t want to seem like a commodity. Good recruiters will conduct a tightly targeted search, taking into account your needs and that of potential employers.
4.) Do they speak your language?
If you’re an IT guy, you want someone who knows all the cutting-edge technologies, not stories about a programming class he took in 1983. He or she will be your representative to employers throughout your area. They should be familiar with the industry and terminology. Remember, if they look foolish, you look foolish.
5.) Can they keep your search confidential?
This is CRITICAL. Chances are, you’re currently employed and the last thing you need is for your boss to catch wind of your search. One of the advantages of partnering with a recruiter is his/her ability to look out for you and do some of the legwork so that your job search doesn’t interfere with your current job.
6.) How often do they keep in touch?
You and your recruiter need to agree on the level of communication that is comfortable for the both of you. Don’t call every day asking, “Did you hear anything yet? How about now?” However, by the same token, he/she shouldn’t build your hopes up about a dream job and then drop off the face of the planet.
A talent acquisition firm’s most important assets are experience and trust. Take the time to find an experienced recruiter you can trust and you’ll have a partner, not just for this search, but throughout your career.
The experts at CAREERXCHANGE® want the opportunity to earn your trust and help you to build the career of your dreams. Contact CAREERXCHANGE®, one of the top talent acquisition firms in South Florida to get started today.