Have you avoided recruiters in the past? You might be missing out on some great opportunities.
Today, candidates are hired more frequently from networking than just sending out an advertisement. Even if you’re happy in your current role, it’s important to continue building and working your social networks. The chances are high that you may use this network to find a better opportunity down the road.
Recruiters are some of the best resources you could add to your social network. Their job is to work closely with companies even before an advertisement goes out. The best recruiters have a firm grip on the pulse of your community and may know about the environment and situation at a company you may be interested in. Even better, the recruiter’s fee is paid by the company, so when a recruiter calls, it’s a free way to network with a high-level job resource. So, pick up the phone when a recruiter calls. You never know where it might lead you.
What to Do When a Recruiter Calls
The first thing to realize when a recruiter calls, is that they are evaluating you from the moment you pick up the phone. This evaluation call will help them determine if you’re even interested in the position they’re recruiting for.
Be honest with the recruiter as much as possible. Don’t exaggerate your credentials; today’s background check process will likely spot it later on. Think about, and share, if your job isn’t as fulfilling as you’d like it to be. Even if the job the recruiter has in mind for you today doesn’t fit, there are always more jobs down the road to consider.
The recruiter may ask you about your salary. Understand that you don’t have to reveal this information. However, it’s a good idea to share the salary range. The recruiter knows what the employer offers, or what the range will be, so they’re trying to avoid wasting time by finding out your income. Going through the interview process and getting the offer only to find that it’s nowhere near what you’re currently making is a frustrating proposition.
You may not be the right fit for the role that the recruiter is calling you about. Be patient with them; most recruiters have decent technical understanding, but they are not typically hands-on technical professionals. If a recruiter calls and the job description isn’t a fit, that’s fine. But do you know someone who might be interested? You will immediately build a more reliable networking connection if you’re able to share a lead with the recruiter. Some firms even pay referral fees if the candidate is hired!
The Blackstone Talent Group recruiting team would like to help you build your employment network. We have jobs and we’re setting up calls with candidates just like you every day. Talk with our team. It’s the best conversation you’ll have that could lead you to a more fulfilling career!