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Four Things to Know Before Talking with a Recruiter (Part II)

July 16, 2013
Four Things to Know Before Talking with a Recruiter (Part II)

Recruiters speak with dozens of candidates and go through numerous resumes each day just to find the right fit for the job opportunity. As a job seeker, you’ll want to stay on top of your recruiter’s mind so that you’re receiving calls about the latest opportunities. In Part Iyou prepared yourself for working with a recruiter, now here are four ways to make it to the top of a recruiter’s list the next time there’s a relevant opportunity.

1.) Show Your Energy


Recruiters typically respond to a candidate’s level of enthusiasm, urgency and motivation.  A lively, positive attitude goes a long way as a first impression. Recruiters typically want to help the candidates who are serious about their job search, inclined to take action and have an upbeat outlook on the job search process. For many employers, a cultural fit is extremely important and personality can oftentimes play a key role in the qualification process.

2.) Provide Up-to-Date Information


Knowing your current skills and career goals are critical. Do a self-assessment of your past job responsibilities, skills, career progression and goals by updating your resume. This helps you determine what jobs you may qualify for – and better yet, what interests you most. As a side note, a recruiter will always request your updated resume, so keep a current copy on your personal computer and even your mobile device so it’s available to send instantly.

3.) Be Available


It may seem difficult to return a recruiter’s phone call while you’re already juggling a job, kids and an exercise plan. However, if finding a new job is at the top of your priority list, then being available to speak with your recruiter should as well. Hiring managers can move extremely quickly through the interview process, so make sure your recruiter knows the best times and ways to reach out to you, whether by phone, email or text.

4.) Display Gratitude


Thankfulness for a recruiter’s efforts goes a long way, especially if it is from the beginning of the process. If your recruiter feels like his/her efforts are appreciated, they are more likely to go the extra mile for you. It’s always refreshing to hear a simple “thank you for contacting me” at the end of a conversation.


A first impression goes a long way so it’s important to stay confident and motivated during your job search and when speaking with a recruiter.


What tips do you have for when working with a recruiter?


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About the author

Jaime DuranJaime Duran has been with Kforce since May of 2010 as a Technology Recruiter in Tampa, FL.  She grew up in Tallahassee, FL and attended Florida State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.  Connect with Jaime on LinkedIn.

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