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1 How to Make Recruiters Work for You By Harry Urschel Crossroads Career Workshop

2 Conclusion… You can only get what you want if you help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar The more a recruiter views you as someone that will make them look good and as someone they can count on… The more opportunities they will bring to you.

3 Two Types of Recruiters Corporate Recruiter Works for a company filling internal positions Recruiting Firm / Agency Recruiter Works on positions for multiple companies at a time to fill positions for a fee (Contingency or Retained) (Recruiters are not Career Counselors)

4 Understand Their Task Corporate Recruiter –Usually has 10 to 30 positions theyre trying to fill for various managers within the organization –Often relies on software to sort through candidates by keywords –Prioritizes positions based on urgency of the hiring manager –Doesnt have time to return every phone call and/or –Is most responsive if they can see a great fit for a position –Cant respond if they dont get response from the hiring manager

5 Understand Their Task Recruiting Firm / Agency Recruiter –Working on positions from multiple client companies –Gets paid from their client company to find the best candidate Loses credibility if they submit poorly qualified candidates –Fee is a % of offer – The more you make the more they make –More willing to work with candidates that they can trust –Cant respond if they dont get feedback from their client –Prioritizes by clients sense of urgency

6 What to Expect from a Recruiter Exposure to opportunities not otherwise found through ads or networking Market information (Hot jobs, Salaries, etc.) Preparation for interviews they set up Updates (Once youre submitted for a position)

7 What the Recruiter Expects from You Be Professional Be Accessible Be Flexible Know what you want Give them all the relevant information Reliable information on what you will take Be reliable to do what you agree to

8 How to Present Yourself Be cheerful! Show confidence, but be humble –Dont tell them youre the perfect candidate –Dont be pushy / cocky / irate Be Pleasantly Persistent! Answer questions freely Be respectful of their time –Dont ramble –Be concise & to the point

9 Working with Corporate Recruiters Call only in regard to specific positions –Have a Requisition or Posting number / ID if applicable –Use the job title they used / know the key requirements Ask where they are in the process –Have they just started looking or do they have multiple people already interviewing Give relevant reasons youre a fit –Be concise –Refer to their requirements in giving your qualifications Ask for next steps

10 Working with Agency Recruiters Find recruiters with a focus in your field –Work with more than one but no more than 4 or 5 Dont stick them with surprises! –Share anything that may come out in an interview process –Dont tell them one salary requirement and the client another Dont share things you wouldnt tell their client (except $) Ask them not to share your resume with anyone without your express permission

11 Working with Any Recruiter Ask for help to prepare for an interview with the hiring manager. –I know you want to get this position filled, so what can you tell me about what the manager is looking for in an ideal candidate? Show interest and enthusiasm Be professional and respect their role –They are your passport to getting considered for a position Make their life easier…

12 Make Their Life Easier They want to get positions filled –Give them reasons by their criteria that you are the right person They want to build personal credibility through the candidates they present –Be professional, articulate, and upbeat They need to react quickly when a hiring manager is interested –Make yourself accessible (Cell Phone, ), and be flexible –Respond to messages ASAP Share leads or market information

13 Follow-up Regularly Be Pleasantly Persistent! –Keep yourself in the forefront of their mind by checking in regularly (Once a week at first; once every couple of weeks later) –Alternate phone calls & s Brief conversations, voic s, or s to let them know youre still there –Always be upbeat & positive –Call with leads or market information for them –Let them know of activity you have going

14 Conclusion… You can only get what you want if you help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar The more a recruiter views you as someone that will make them look good and as someone they can count on… The more opportunities they will bring to you.


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