Below are some guidelines on how you can get the most out of the relationship you establish with your recruiter.
1) Know what you want.
The most important consideration is where the next step will take you and where that step will lead your career. Think before you act. Know what you are seeking and be open to new avenues to success. Your future salary and options are a function of the decisions you make today.
That is where a recruiter can be invaluable. Their ability to guide and candidly discuss your options without influencing the outcome is immeasurable. As much as your recruiter of choice has skin in the game, he/she must be able to be unbiased towards the outcome. It is about finding a great match for you and the hiring source.
Vice President Case Study:
A few years ago EverQuest Recruiting placed an Asset Director with a highly distinguished client who has $4 billion under management. The candidate struggled with giving up the security of being a successful General Manager and assuming the life of a road warrior. After weeks of discussions and weighing the potential, she joined the new team. Four years later, in 2011, our candidate assumed a new role and was rewarded with the title of Vice President, Asset Management for Hilton Worldwide! This is an example of what selecting the right recruiter and being open to all options can do for you.
We pride ourselves on the art of successful recruiting to ensure a win-win for the client and the candidate. From that comes our tag line:
2) Be honest — provide full disclosure.
There are advantages to sharing information. The more information your recruiter has, the more he can help you realize your goals and the more likely he will want to assist you.
3) Limit the number of recruiters and the social media used.
One of the biggest problems recruiters face involves people who send their resume everywhere. A recruiter is less likely to invest time in you if you have already forwarded your resume several times around the globe in the last few years.
4) Make a good impression by having a complete resume.
Your resume is the best tool to represent your skills so take the time to make sure your resume markets your skills and experience to your best advantage. Virtual resumes with only a name, phone and email are useless marketing tools. Resumes need a proper heading, followed by an objective, a summary of skills, work history (including month/year), education/training, and selected accomplishments, all in two pages.
5) Maintain control of where your resume is going.
Finally, the most important advice we can give is that it is your responsibility to maintain control of where your resume is going at all times. There are recruiters who do send unsolicited resumes everywhere and anywhere to lock up your candidacy with a client. This occurs without your knowledge. When this happens, you lose control. Ask your recruiter to never send your resume to anyone without first discussing it with you.