These days, it seems more and more people are shying away from working with professional Recruiters. Who can blame them? It’s no secret that there are some professionals in the industry pestering desired talent with generic emails and phone calls. This is especially true for people working in tech. Question any working Developer and you’re sure to hear a joke or two about some Recruiter’s latest attempt to “discuss an exciting new career opportunity.”
Despite their pesky reputation, however, Recruiters can be very useful resources. Not only do they have access to jobs that are not listed on the market, but they can also help quickly share your resume with potential employers, negotiate a fair and worthwhile salary, and offer constructive feedback during your job search. Because of this, we think of our Recruiter as more of a Career Consultant. She’s there to help with your job search, handle negotiations behind the scenes, and fill you in on any other information you might need.
If you’re entering the job market for the first time, or looking to change your career, it can save you time and energy to work with a professional to help navigate the process. The trick is finding someone who will invest time to genuinely learn about what you want in your career.
Below are a few tips to help identify the right type of professional to work with during your job search:
First, do they understand your industry?
This is especially important in tech. Seeking help with your job search is pointless if you’re working with someone who doesn’t understand the industry. Although you can’t reasonably expect a Recruiter to be as tech-savvy as a Developer, they should definitely have enough understanding to know what type of work you do and what positions you’re qualified to apply for. Take note of positions they describe to you and make sure they align with your skill set.
Second, will they work around your schedule?
Someone invested in your job search will understand any obligations you have with a current employer. Scheduling meetings outside the standard 9-5pm workday might be a necessity. You should take any unwillingness to work around your schedule as a red flag, and consider seeking services from someone else.
Third, do they maintain a positive attitude?
Don’t get “sold” on making a career move you’re not ready for. The point of enlisting help from a professional is to ensure you can mark all the boxes on your job desires checklist. Never feel bad about turning down a couple job offers if you don’t feel like the opportunities were a good fit.
Lastly, are they invested in your future happiness?
Most folks spend as much, if not more, time at work as they do at home. Whether you’re finding a new job or just starting in your career, it’s important to think about what you’ll need to feel happy in a new job. Whether it’s a flexible work schedule, a high salary, open work environment, etc., a good Recruiter will keep your criteria in mind before sending out your resume or scheduling interviews. Although it’s hard to be 100% sure, pay attention during the first couple interviews and take note of whether your needs have been acknowledged or ignored.
Searching for a new job can be arduous. Working with a professional can save you time and unnecessary stress, as long as you find someone you can trust. Your career happiness should be a priority, not the other way around.
If you’re interested in learning more about the process, or are seeking career advice, reach out to our Career Consultant: Lindsey Pfeifer.