5 Ways to Build a Positive Relationship with Your IT Recruiter

As you continue to move up the IT corporate ladder, you can expect executive recruiters to be more attracted to your technical skills and work experience. But even if you’re lucky enough be contacted first, you’re still not guaranteed a shot at a new job, especially if you don’t know how the IT recruitment and staffing services industry works.

For instance, some rising corporate executives often keep back information, such as their current salary, out of concerns over their privacy. Unfortunately, recruiters usually need this information to connect a job searcher with an appropriate company.

Make your IT recruiter’s task of finding you a job easier by following these tips on how to build a better relationship with them.

1. Be Serious About Looking for Work

The most common pet peeve shared by staffing firms is someone who offers themselves as a candidate only to change their mind when the recruiter finds them an offer. Be sure you want to change jobs when contacting a recruiter.

2. Be Specific About Your Needs

Let recruiters know exactly what you want and need. For example, you can specify:

• Where you want to work
• What kind of work you intend on doing
• What kind of compensation figure you expect

Just remember that the narrower your search parameters, the less options you will have. You should also avoid saying you’re ready to move anywhere for new work if you don’t intend on doing so.

3. Offer References

The rule of thumb is to provide three names—along with their contact information—when sending recruiters your resume. Your references can include former bosses, co-workers, or people who once worked under your supervision. Having these names will encourage a recruiter to find you work.

4. Ask the Right Questions

When your recruiter finally approaches you to talk about an opportunity for a new job, you can make the process faster for both of you by asking the right questions. Ask about the employer’s size and profile, its culture, the skills required for the position, experience needed, and whether you’re on a priority list of potential recruits. You can also ask for a copy of the job’s description and requirements.

5. Offer an Explanation When Refusing Opportunities

There’s no avoiding the fact some jobs won’t be a good fit with your needs. You should explain to a recruiter why a certain opportunity isn’t for you, as this will allow them to gain a better understanding of what you want from a job offer.

Work with Talon’s award-winning team of staffing professionals to find the right employer for your skills and experience. Call us at 609-924-8900 to get started or view our list of IT job openings.

 

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