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Working with Recruiters


One recruiter I spoke with the other day, said their job was to create relationships with candidates.

Another recruiter, said their job was not to create relationships with candidates, but to just get the best candidates to our clients.

Hmmm …

Good recruiting I think falls somewhere in between.

Good recruiters should create ‘Mini-Relationships’ with the viable candidates for a position.

If a recruiter has 200 possible candidates to consider, it’s just unrealistic to get to know all of those people deeply.

But the very short list of motivated people … yes … gotta get to know them.

It’s a unique skill.

And it’s challenging because recruiters are always pushing forward, on to the next, on to the next.

So … if you’re actively looking for a new position, here are some quick tips on how to work with a recruiter.

1. Early In the Process – Tell the Recruiter what you are looking for (we use CLAMPS … Challenge, Location, Advancement, Money, People, Stability).

2. After 1st Interview – Invest some time, sharing details on what would be needed to take this position.

3. Ghost / Don’t Ghost – I can’t believe I’m saying this … but if you are not interested in the position, it’s ok to ghost your recruiter anytime before the first interview. They’ll know you are out. However … if you are not interested at any point in time after the first interview, then let the recruiter know (because if you don’t you’ll have a bit of a tarnished reputation with the client company).

10-36, sunshine.

Make it a great day, everyone!

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SCN – Search Consulting Network

Jim Guerrera

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Jim Guerrera

Jim Guerrera, Managing Director, founded SCN in 2000. Jim is primarily responsible for the development of the leaders at SCN, strategic planning, the hiring and development of company associates, culture leadership, core value leadership, sales le...

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