Recruiters – the secret weapon of people who always have jobs

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So, you want a job… You’re not alone.

Maybe you’re in a job you don’t like, and you need a change.

Maybe you’ve been out of work for a while, and you’re not having much luck finding something new.

Maybe you’re fresh on the job market, with a recent degree under your belt.

Maybe you’re just wondering what your next steps are going to be.

If you haven’t spoken to a recruiter, yet, now would be a good time to start.

Seriously, recruiters have a ton of contacts, they are in constant contact with the job market, they have their finger on the pulse of trends. They know who’s hiring, and for what skills. And while can show you a lot of details on salaries, recruiters can give you a human connection with more personal context.

Because they talk to people. They know people. And if they’ve been in the business for a while, they can provide irreplaceable insights and inside information. Sometimes they even know who’s laying off staff, well before it becomes common knowledge.

There’s definitely an art to having a productive discussion with a recruiter. You don’t want to give away too much information about yourself that would lessen your bargaining power. For example, you definitely don’t want to let on that you’re insecure and uncertain about your ability to find the job of your dreams.  You have to stay clear and strong and confident — put everything in positive terms, and have the attitude of expansion and capability.

When you talk to a recruiter, you want them to  know — and believe — that you will be a great representative of them. You need to “sell” yourself as someone who will make them look good — and get the job, if it’s a good fit. You also want them to know you’re not going to take just any old position that’s offered. You have to play hard-to-get, if appropriate.

It’s a dance. And you definitely don’t want to be the one following all the time. You’ll trade back-and-forth, as you go through the motions of exchanging information, getting to know each other, targeting the right opportunities, and closing the deal. Job searching, after all, is an extended negotiation — it’s a deal that you have to carefully and cautiously navigate, as well as be able to jump on, at a moment’s notice.

Yep, it can be draining. Exhausting. Euphoric. Horrible. But with the right recruiter(s) in your court — and you may have more than one, at any given point in time — you can get good support and back-up, so you both get what you need:  You — a job — and the recruiter — the commission.

Get inside info and insights on working effectively with recruiters here — 7 Answers Your Recruiter Wants to Hear – And Why