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Wanted: Top-tier Candidate Looking For Long-Term Relationship With Recruiter

Top Tier CandidateHere’s a piece of advice that can steer strong candidates from frustration down the road: find a recruiter who wants to have a long-term relationship with you. When you do, just as with any other kind of a relationship, you’ll increase the likelihood of having your needs met.

If that sounds too much like your mother talking, bear with us and keep reading.

Getting to Know You

Chances are, if you’re a strong candidate today, you’re likely to be a top-tier candidate for the rest of your career. Given that, it’s in your best interest to find a recruiter who will invest the time to get to know you. Really know you.

What drives your passion to succeed? What are your aspirations? Where have you come from and where do you want to be in ten years? What working conditions help you be your best? What kind of colleagues have motivated you in the past? These kinds of questions go well beyond “What kind of job do you want?” to get at who you are today and how you want to develop over time.

Creating a Partnership

Expect to be treated like a partner. And in any partnership, you’re working toward a common goal. In this case, the short-term goal is to find a position that will challenge you, develop you and meet your overall needs. Expect your recruiter to manage the interviewing and hiring process, and even to ensure a smooth transition into your new company.

With a recruiter who knows you well, it’s likely you and he or she will continue working together on new opportunities, whether it’s for you personally or your network of colleagues.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Finally, expect effective, timely communication. You should always know where the interviewing process stands and feel like your recruiter is your advocate with the hiring company. If you feel in the dark or that communications are one-sided, find someone who you know will be your advocate.

At the end of the day, the most effective candidate-recruiter relationships are mutually beneficial and can last for years. When they are transactional and short-sighted, then the value to you as a candidate is minimal. Do yourself a favor: expect great things from your recruiter and don’t settle for less. (Maybe your mother was on to something, after all.)

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