Why You Should Have a Recruiter on Your Team

When you think of your annual check-in appointments, I would guess that the dentist, doctor and extended family are on the list. But, what about a yearly check-in with your recruiter? Having a relationship with a respected recruiter, even if you are not actively looking for a job, can be extremely beneficial to your career. Here’s why:

1. Furthering your career is time-consuming.

It’s very difficult when you are working, especially when you are relatively happy and engaged with your role, to keep an eye out for new opportunities. If you have a recruiter on your team – one you keep in contact with regularly, there is someone else keeping your career goals in mind. Additionally, having a go-to expert is helpful in understanding the job market, salary expectations, company insights and more. A solid recruiter, and one who knows you, is an invaluable partner.

2. Checking in can pay off.

Most recruiters I know love to hear from their candidates. We aren’t looking to keep you on the phone for thirty minutes if we don’t have a good opportunity for you. We don’t want to waste your time, or ours. I’ve had candidates send me a simple “how are you?” email that lead to a brand -new opportunity. In fact, my first recruiting position came from me sending a quick email to my recruiter, simply saying hello.

3. Regular communication keeps you top-of-mind.

I’m lucky enough to work with a large group of talented candidates. The individuals I know best and keep in touch with most often tend to come to mind first when an exciting opportunity opens up. Before I check our database or search online for resumes, I think of the people I already know and enjoy working with. Candidates who take control of their job search and take the time to develop their recruiter-relationship tend to have an edge over their competition because we can sell their personality in a more compelling manner.

My biggest takeaway? Find a recruiter you enjoy. Like any lasting relationship, it’s all about chemistry. If you have a tough time finding a recruiter you’d want to have a casual call with, then ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations. Your network is sure to have a good referral to send your way.

Building a relationship with a recruiter takes time. You may not see the immediate purpose of these quick check-ins along the way, but it could lead to your dream role down the road. Add a check-in with your recruiter when you have a job change (received a promotion), life change (going to graduate school) or personal change (getting married). These are all good reasons to connect and share your news. It will pay off in the long run.

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