What do you look for in a recruiter?

January 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

written by Peg Codington

You’re either on the market, or need to make a change from your present job.  What do you do?  You can put your resume out on all the Internet websites, and hope that something gets through to the right Hiring Authority or Company…or…

You can reach out to a Professional Recruiter that knows your Industry.

1. Do your homework.  If you’re in Construction…what arena?  Are you with a General Contractor?

Subcontractor?  Owner?  What types of projects have you built?

2. Look for a Recruiter/Search firm that deals with your specific specialty.

3. Look at websites, do your homework on professional Search Firms.  If you were selecting a Physician, an Attorney or Legal Advisor, you’d vet them.  Same with someone who’s going to represent you for your professional  interests.

4. Be realistic about your expectations.  If you’ve been on the market 6-12 months, you’re going to have a more challenging time.  Have you explored your ability to relocate?  Travel?  How current is your experience for the job you want?  If you built a Hospital in the 90’s, and that was your most recent project, you probably won’t get hired today to build the same type of project.

5. When you find a Search Professional, don’t be shy about interviewing them.  How long have they been in business?  What’s their track-record?  What Construction companies have they recruited for?  What type of people have they placed?  Are they national/local?  How many placements have they made in the last 12 months that are similar to your search?  In talking to an individual Recruiter…ask that person to tell you about their record, network, how long have they worked there, etc.  Ask them what they know about people like yourself, who have your background.  Ask for some references.

6. Beware of any Search Firm that wants to charge you a fee….whether it’s to be placed in a company, to re-write a resume, etc.  You’ve found a bottom-feeder.  A professional firm won’t charge you for any editing, or consultations.

7. Give them the information they need.  Make sure your resume, project list, references are all current and accurate.

8. Very important…make sure you tell them very directly they are NOT to submit your resume/credentials to ANY company without your knowledge or approval.  That way you stay in control of your own search, and guard against being “mass-marketed” or have your information slung all over the Internet.

9. Expect communication/feedback.  No one wants to be a nag.  After you’ve given your information to a Recruiter, be patient.  A true professional should tell you if they have any searches that would “fit” you successfully.  You don’t want to waste your time, and you they don’t want to waste theirs on jabber.  Sometimes, there isn’t anything immediate.  Tell them to keep you advised on new searches that would be appropriate when they get them.  In return, if you are being interviewed/or if you accept a position elsewhere, let your Recruiter know.  It’s Business Etiquette.

10. A good Recruiter will place your interests before their own.  Many Recruiters are simply seeking a fee.  This is a stressed market and they need to make a living like you do.  They want to take the path of least resistance and could care less about the “fit” or “quality” position they 

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