candidate tips for working with a recruiter

While working with a recruiter can help you land your ideal job, how you approach this relationship can make all the difference. Improving your candor, communication skills, team mentality, and vision for your future will help your relationship with your recruiter work more effectively.


It’s important to be open and direct with your recruiter throughout the entire job search. Communication is key. They need to know what you want in a new job and when they bring you an opportunity they need to know how you really feel about it. You also need to listen to the recruiter and give them well thought out feedback. Keep in mind that each recruiter is different. Get to know the recruiter so you maximize the time you are working together. It also helps to work with a recruiter who specializes only in your field. Recruiters that work in too many specialties are limited in their ability to truly understand your market and career trajectory.

Understanding Your Career Ambitions

Before you can work well with a recruiter, you need to understand what you actually want. You should have a good understanding of what you want out of your next career move. Think shorter, what you want to do, and think long term, where are you going? A recruiter focused in your market can help with this.

Once you have a plan you will be able to communicate your objective much clearer to the recruiter and to any potential hiring managers. You don’t want to go on interviews for positions you don’t truly have an interest in. You will only be wasting the hiring manager’s time, but you will be wasting yours as well as your recruiter’s. Armed with a clear understanding of your objectives, your recruiter will set you up with the best interviews possible.


Honesty is the one of the most important aspects of the job search. You need to be honest with yourself about what you want. Some people convince themselves that they want a certain job because they feel like their family or friends think it is a good fit for them. If you want to find a job that is the perfect fit for you, you have to act on your own behalf. Honesty will also help you be more decisive. You also have to be honest and transparent with the recruiter. You especially need to be honest with them about what your salary expectations are.


You have to approach the relationship with your recruiter as a professional partnership. Recruiters and candidates have to work together to strategize, prepare, and negotiate. Understand that recruiters can give you insider advice about the hiring process. They can help you perform better on interviews and negotiate higher compensation.

Working with a recruiter has many advantages, but to make the most out of your experience, you need to be open with yourself and your recruiter, understand your career goals, and approach the process with a collaborative spirit.

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