4 Important Things to Know When Working With a Recruiter
Each of us has had an experience with a recruiter at least once or twice during the course of our careers. If not yet, you probably will if you wish to advance your career with great (and usually hidden) career opportunities. Your level of success with a recruiter will depend on how well you understand them and how well you understand the hiring process.
Here are four things that you should know that will help you get better insight on how to work best with a recruiter:
1. The type of recruiter you are dealing with
It is important to know what type of a recruiter you are working with. There are three different types of recruiters primarily:
- Internal recruiters are employed or contracted by the hiring company and will only have access to and interest in filling their company’s positions.
- Contingency recruiters are employed by multiple clients to work on numerous openings. They do not get paid unless a search is filled, but you may find several people contacting you about the same position. These roles are usually not considered “premium” opportunities.
- Retained search recruiters are employed by multiple clients as well, but they are given a retainer to complete an assignment up front. They will be the only recruiter actively working on the position. These roles are usually important positions that the client has a serious interest in filling with premium talent. Most candidates prefer positions that are “retained”. It is crucial to understand your recruiter and how they function, as this may help you know how to work best with him or her.