If you are searching for a new opportunity, using a recruiter is often a great idea, especially if you can find the right one for you. The Denver metro area is home to many great recruiters who can be wonderful allies to you in your career advancement.
Here are a few things to know when working with a recruiter:
Contingent versus retained recruiting. It is essential to understand how your recruiter is being compensated. Retained recruiters generally work with executive candidates who earn $200,000 a year or more while contingency recruiters are paid upon a candidate’s placement. Retained recruiters are likely to use a more thorough process to source their candidates while contingency recruiters tend to focus more on volume and are more hurried.
Consider recruiters who specialize in your field. It is important to find firms or recruiters who actively work with your profession or industry. Ask your industry colleagues who have recently changed roles for referrals. You want to find a recruiter who has contacts looking for a candidate with your background and skills.
Build champions and alliances. Your recruiter can be your greatest ally so build a solid relationship with them – and, help them help you. Many recruiters have extensive networks that they can leverage for you.
Secure industry information. Your recruiter likely has a wealth of knowledge to share about your industry’s job market so take advantage of it.You might probe your recruiter for information on compensation range and benefits, along with industry hiring trends.
Understand the process. Be sure to outline the process with your recruiter at the beginning of your relationship. Determine what your recruiter will do for you, what you should do for your recruiter and the timing works.
Seek interview guidance. Ask your recruiter who will you be interviewing with throughout the process and what types of interviews are planned. You might also work with your recruiter to develop set of profile questions by function/interviewer.
Keep in contact with your recruiter even after you’ve landed a job. Keep in touch with your recruiter after you are in your new position since you never know when you will be searching for your next great opportunity.