How a Good Executive Search Recruiter Collaborates with Job Seekers

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Recruiters are the gatekeepers to your dream position. A good executive search recruiter makes the difference between simply having a job and having one that is a good fit. In order to collaborate well with them, it’s important to know a little about how a good executive search recruiter works. Being prepared for what they are looking out for, will make sure that you won’t be caught off guard when you receive a call from them. Here are the ways a good executive search recruiter works with job seekers.

Listens to Career Goals

Whether it’s your five-year plan in your desired function and industry, or specific key career achievements, a good executive search recruiter would first do an initial assessment over the phone in order to find out more about what you hope to accomplish. This would allow them to understand you as a candidate, and to figure out if you are a good fit for a current or future role. Help them to understand what your goals are by outlining them briefly.

Identifies Wants

In order to ascertain if a role is the right fit for you, they would also find out the specifics of what you want when it comes to your desired role. This includes responsibilities, duties and the kind of experience you’re looking out for. On your part, do be clear about what is it you actually want, while making sure that you are making reasonable requests that a recruiter can work with.

Understands Needs

Can’t relocate for work? Looking out for certain insurance benefits? Understanding your needs will help recruiters know what’s non-negotiable for you. While it’s true that a good recruiter’s first and foremost priority is to find the best candidate for their client, the hiring organization, they would be careful to take your needs into consideration too. Be upfront with them with your needs – this helps them to more quickly identify the right opportunities for you.

Presents Opportunities That Fit You

After thoroughly understanding your needs, wants and goals, they would then be able to present opportunities that fit you well. Recruiters often work with multiple hiring organizations, and would be able to assess which role you’re a best fit for. But do remember to be direct if you aren’t interested in the opportunities you’re presented with. This saves them time, and would also help them to bring better opportunities to you further down the line.

Ultimately, collaborating well with a recruiter takes effort from both parties. As much as they will work to understand you and your needs, the best kinds of relationship is a two-way street. Let them know how you can help them too by sharing insights on the market, the industry, or even passing along contacts that you think would be valuable for them. Building a relationship also takes time and patience, so when you do find a good recruiter, invest some effort into cultivating the relationship!


Sam Robinson

About the Author:

Sam Robinson is the Founder and President of Robinson-Robinson & Associates, Inc., as well as a Principal Consultant. Sam has executive level Human Resources experience in the computer manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. He served in various functional roles including Staffing, Employee Relations, Compensation Administration, Organizational Development and Training, and Diversity. Sam is a varsity athletic graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He continues to be a sports enthusiast and is an avid golfer.