Establishing a long-term relationship with a recruiter is the best thing you can do for your technology career.
Too often, job-seekers wait to utilize recruiters until they’re out of work and in desperate need of a job. Then, when they’re gainfully employed, job-seekers fail to maintain a relationship with the recruiter, feeling as if there is nothing more the recruiter can do for them. The truth of the matter is, however, a great recruiter can do much more for you than merely assist with your immediate job hunt. In fact, a great recruiter can be an invaluable ally to you throughout the duration of your career. Here’s how:
No matter where you’re at in your career—whether you’re entry-level or a seasoned technology professional—it’s important to have an idea of what you want the rest of your career to look like. A recruiter who is knowledgeable about the industry you’re in can help you identify achievable goals, and moreover, he or she can give you an idea of what steps you’ll need to take in order to achieve them.
Proactive Job Hunting
When your recruiter knows what your long-term career goals are, he or she can remain permanently on the hunt for advancement opportunities even when you’re happily employed and not looking yourself. Additionally, a recruiter can check in with you at certain milestones to make sure you don’t lose sight of those goals over time.
Reactive Job Hunting
In today’s world, employees don’t stay with the same company forever. Sooner or later, we end up right back where we started—out of work, or unhappy and looking for another opportunity. Having a pre-existing relationship with a recruiter in these times of need can make for a quicker and more seamless transition from one job to the next.
Trusted Advisor and Advocate
A great recruiter is both knowledgeable about your industry and knowledgeable about the geographic job market you’re in. As a result, he or she can be a wonderful source of information for you. Perhaps more importantly, a great recruiter can be a trusted and neutral advisor when you have difficult questions about your job or your career.
Don’t wait until you’re out of work or seeking a new opportunity to begin building a relationship with a recruiter. Find a recruiter willing to personally invest in your long-term career goals, meet with them, show them you’re a candidate worthy of that investment, and you’ll have an agent and an ally for life.