3 Things You Should Tell Your Recruiter

Recruiters can be exceptional resources for landing a competitive position in your field of choice. While there are many articles listing what not to tell your recruiter, it is just as important to know what you should tell your recruiter. This aids them in matching you with the right employer.

What to Tell Your Recruiter

  1. Don’t be afraid to say you aren’t interested in the job.

    If the recruiter recommends a job you aren’t interested in, let him or her know. The recruiter likely has a number of people in mind for the position, and feigning interest only wastes both of your time. Turning down a possible position actually helps the recruiter narrow down your interests, so you are more likely to get a call for something you truly desire.

  2. Have a pitch ready.

    When the recruiter does suggest something that peaks your interest, you want to be able to sell yourself quickly. Have an elevator pitch memorized that details your qualifications and skills. Consider it a quick summary of your resume. Forbes provides useful information about what to include. In order to be able to answer the recruiter on the spot, write your pitch down and practice it on friends and family.

  3. Be honest about what you can and can’t do.

    Employers look to recruiters to match them with qualified candidates, saving them time and money. In order for recruiters to successfully do their jobs, they need to recommend only qualified candidates. If a position calls for knowledge of a skill you don’t possess, it’s best to be honest. The recruiter will work with you to find positions that match your background and abilities.

Recruiters are only as useful as you allow them to be, and they make it their mission to connect you to the perfect employer. Providing the right information is essential to fostering a working relationship that meets your career needs.

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