5 Tips for Working With a Recruiter

In a competitive job market, many creative professionals are turning to recruiters for help. The Creative Group has sent along these tips for working with a recruiter, since it can be an excellent way to make your job search more effective.

The Benefits?

  • these professionals have deep networks within the local business community, they often know of unadvertised job opportunities and have the connections to get your resume in front of hard-to-reach hiring managers.
  • They also can provide valuable advice for improving your marketability and better targeting your efforts.
  • A recruiter can be especially beneficial if you’re looking for a new position while employed because he or she can conduct a confidential search on your behalf.

Here are five tips for establishing a productive relationship with a recruiter:

1. Make it easy to find you.
Recruiters often search online networking forums to identify in-demand professionals who might be of interest to the hiring managers they work with. Even if you’re not planning to contact a recruiter right away, you can put yourself on a recruiter’s radar and increase the likelihood he or she contacts you about a promising opportunity by simply maintaining a presence on LinkedIn and similar sites. Be sure your profile is complete by providing a detailed breakdown of your work history and including keywords that describe your skills and specialty areas. For example, if you’re a web designer, you might include terms like HTML, Flash and cross-platform capability.
2. Reach out.
Do a little research and identify a recruiter who specializes in placing creative professionals. This person will have a better understanding of the job market in your industry, and thus be able to offer opportunities that are targeted to your skills and interests. If possible, reach out to members of your network to determine if a professional contact can refer you to a recruiter he or she has worked with in the past.

3. Be creative, but not over the top.
Recruiters—and hiring managers—often respond well to resumes that show some character. But that doesn’t mean you should use neon paper when printing your resume or attach a photo of yourself to your application. Instead, consider a subtle approach. For example, you might use clever language to title your section headings, such as “Things I’m Good At” rather than “Skills.” Just be sure to keep the overall tone professional.

4. Keep in contact.
After establishing a relationship with a recruiter, check in regularly to update him or her about any personal career developments, such as a training course you recently completed or a job lead you received from a friend. But resist the urge to follow up on a daily basis. Although your recruiter is no doubt working hard for you, it may take some time for the individual to find you the right opportunity.

5. Respond quickly.
If a recruiter calls you about a potential job opportunity, do your best to promptly return the call, even if you know the position isn’t a good match for you. An opening can close in a matter of hours, so a quick response is essential. If you’re not interested, let your recruiter know why so he or she can identify positions that better match your career goals going forward. And, if you know someone who might be interested in the opportunity, pass the name onto your recruiter.

The Creative Group is a specialized staffing service placing advertising, marketing, creative and web professionals with a variety of firms. Like TCG on Facebook; Follow TCG on Twitter.

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