7 answers your recruiter wants to hear

checklistWhen you’re looking for a new job, you may find yourself working with recruiters. I’ve talked to hundreds of them over the past 30 years, and I’ve found that there are certain things they all want to know.

They need to know those things, because that will direct them in their own search for the perfect position for you. Once they know the answers to the following questions, you can continue the conversation and develop the search from there.

But before anything can happen, you need to tell them the following:

  1. What is your current status? Are you employed or not?
  2. If you’re open to new opportunities.
  3. What the timeframe of your next move is.
  4. What type of position you’re seeking – contract, permanent, contract-to-perm, W2, corp-to-corp, remote/telecommute, etc.
  5. How much you want to make (per hour for contract, annual for full-time).
  6. Where you want to work, geographically.
  7. Where they can get your most current resume.

I’ve got a new section on this site covering these in more detail — 7 Answers Your Recruiter Wants to Hear – And Why. I’ll be elaborating over the coming weeks, to help you better understand how best to answer them — and why it matters.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to have a consistent answer to each of these questions, so whenever you talk to recruiters, you are giving them the same info each and every time.

“Mixing and matching” is not helpful at all, and it only muddies the waters. So, the more clear you can be with everyone, and the more consistent your answers are, the better your chances of actually finding a new position that works for you.