4 Questions To Ask Before Using A Recruiter

August 6, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

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Having trouble finding the job of your dreams? One effective solution to make things easier is to seek out the services of a recruiter who specializes in the industry you are looking to join. While these individuals can be a great boost to your job search, there are some things you need to consider before making the call.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to work exclusively with one recruiter, or pick out multiple ones with which to work. In either case, you are going to need to make sure you are choosing an individual who has the resources to land you the job that you want. How do you go about doing this? You should start by finding out the answers to the following four questions:

  • Does he have a specialty? The most important thing to consider before hiring a recruiter is to determine whether he specializes in a specific industry. To get the most bang for your buck, you should hire someone who focuses on the types of jobs you want. You should also find out the kind of contacts he has and whether he has a long history of success with their clients.
  • Does he know how to listen? The best recruiter is someone who knows their work has everything to do with the client and nothing to do with them. Make sure that the person you are hiring understands this by evaluating how willing he is to listen to your concerns.
  • Does he have time for you? Recruiters are very popular and, as a result, some will simply be too busy to give you the kind of personal attention you need. If you find someone who seems to be a great fit for you, let him know exactly the kind of hours you need and whether that will be a problem. If it is, try to figure out a schedule that will work for both of you or find someone else who will better suit your needs.
  • Is he reliable? Is your recruiter someone who always needs to reschedule because “something came up” at the last minute? If so, you should find someone who is much more reliable and is able to meet you when he says he will.