For the best results, you should make sure the recruiter you are working with is knowledgeable about the market. First, they should be familiar with the actual geographic market that you are looking to find a job, if that market knowledge is important in your industry. Secondly, they should know the job market for your skill set. A good recruiter will have feedback on how your skill set and accomplishments compare to others in the market.
2. They Know the Industry:
Like everyone else in life, a recruiter is specialized. For example, I know the banking and finance industry. I know the people in the banks. I know how they are organized. I know what they want to know about a candidate and how they want that information presented.
Now that doesn’t mean I can’t also help a candidate who is looking for a new architecture job. However, the timeline for finding something would be longer because I would need to educate myself on their industry and learn all the things – and more – I refer to above. Therefore, I always recommend that a candidate use a recruiter who knows all the intricacies of their profession.
3. They Know You:
If it sounds like the recruiter is just reading off a list of questions and checking boxes when they are talking to you, then they are just trying to fill the job order as quickly as possible and move on. A good recruiter will get to know you, your family, your commute, your entire compensation and benefits package, your past jobs, your career goals, your accomplishments – you. Yes, the recruiter needs to find out if you’re a good fit for the job and they will need to ask you some specific questions that pertain to the role. But if they haven’t gotten to know you, it’s probably not the right job – or the right recruiter.
What else do you look for when evaluating recruiters? What other questions do you ask? Let me know in the comments below.
.:Matt, Archer Executive Search Group