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Working with an Executive or Professional Search Recruiter: What You Need to Know

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December 2, 2015

As we all know, finding a new job can be a not-so-fun process and many times is unsuccessful. I’m here today to throw a few things out there that may help you in your current or next search. Let’s begin!

From responding to jobs ads to using online career boards to networking, there are lots of different ways to find a job. But have you ever considered working with an executive or professional search recruiter? It’s often the smoothest course of action. A good search professional will work tirelessly on your behalf to help secure the position that is a fit for you. 

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

So you’re thinking about partnering with a search firm for your next career move. Now what? Where to start? Our advice: do your homework. Not all search firms are created equally. Here are some things to look for:

  • Are they professional and trustworthy? Would they represent you well as they speak for you and negotiate on your behalf?
  • Are they willing to meet with you face-to-face so you can ask questions and get to know each other? Did they encourage this meeting?
  • Are they familiar with the geographic location you are hoping to work in?
  • Are they knowledgeable about the industry and type of work you want to do?
  • Are they aligned with your own personal and professional style?
  • What’s their reputation? How have they performed in the past?

And here’s a biggie. Many search professionals prioritize their client companies over their client candidates (job-seekers). In other words, they work harder for those writing the checks. To a good search professional, you should be just as important as the client company.You should be valued and treated with the same respect as the companies they work with.  

Help Us Help You

You, as the client candidate, have responsibilities as well. Here are some key bits of information that help search professionals give you the best possible outcomes:

  • Always be honest. We need to know what’s going on in your world, and an accurate assessment of your background and priorprofessional experiences, to truly assist you well.  
  • Be prepared. Of course we’re there to help you wade through career changes and employment decisions, but it’s super helpful if you’ve done some research, too. If you’ve learned of an opportunity out there, let us know. Or if you have specific companies or industries you want to aim for, share that with us.  We may already have a relationship with that company and know something about it that you don’t.
  • Keep in touch with us. Weekly calls or emails are a helpful way to stay in contact with us and share important updates.

Working with an executive/professional search recruiter should be a two-way street. It’s truly a partnership. And it can be an excellent way to make that next career move. Have questions or want to get started? Let us know!