Why You Should Maintain a Relationship With a Recruiter

If finding a new job was easy, we wouldn’t call it job hunting. Having a recruiter dedicated to your search can make it a lot easier. However, recruiters are incredibly busy with hundreds of thousands of jobs added every month. How can you get a recruiter’s attention, and what’s the best way to maintain the relationship after placement? 

Use these tips to reach out to a recruiter in a way that will make them want to work with you: 

  1. Understand the recruiter’s role. Recruiter’s wear a lot of hats. They often play the role of salesperson, cheerleader, coach, and strategist to job seekers and hiring managers while working to fill many jobs. Even though they have a lot going on, they want to get to know you. Knowing what a recruiter can and can’t do for you will help you target your inquiry in a way that will get their attention. 
  2. Target the correct agency. All staffing firms are not the same. Do some basic research to ensure the one you are reaching out to handles your industry. You don’t want to waste time waiting for a response that will never come. 
  3. Position yourself for success. Many staffing agencies will help you improve your resume and develop your interviewing skills. However, for the fastest placement, reach out to a recruiter when your resume is polished, and your LinkedIn profile is engaging. 

Should you keep in touch with your recruiter after placement? 

Absolutely. Your recruiter is an important professional contact in your network, and that relationship could serve you well throughout your career. When the job is going well, they enjoy hearing about it. If it isn’t working out as well as you had hoped, maybe they can offer some advice to improve the situation. Here are some other ways a continued relationship with your recruiter can benefit your career: 

  • As you gain experience and skills, your recruiter might have ideas for taking the next step up the ladder. 
  • Your recruiter is immersed in your industry and can give you insights into changes and opportunities. 
  • Recruiters often have inside information about job opportunities before they are advertised. 
  • Your recruiter has access to job search technology that could shorten your search if you want to make a move in the future. 
  • Staying in touch with your recruiter means staying in touch with your recruiter’s contacts, a valuable resource for networking. 
  • You never know what the future will bring—for you or one of your associates. Keeping in touch with your recruiter keeps the door open to future opportunities for yourself and the possibility of helping your colleagues advance their careers. 

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