Your Recruiter Is Not Your Therapist – We Actually Talk Back

Your Recruiter Is Not Your Therapist – We Actually Talk Back
From Recruiter - October 14, 2016

Youve lost that loving feeling at work. Or maybe your bank account needs a boost. Perhaps youre just restless and in need of a change.

Whatever your reasons are for looking for a new opportunity, one of the fastest ways to find a job isto work with a recruiter. You come to meet with your counselor, as they are sometimes called, and you feel a connection. You share things about your hopes, your dreams, and your past disappointments, and soon you have the feeling that youre talking to your therapist. Finallysomeone who understands your career woes!

While there aresome similarities between talking to a recruiting and chatting with your therapist, there are sixthings you need to know about your relationship with a recruiter:

1. When Your Recruiter Gives You Advice, Assume Its to Put You in the Best Position When Presenting You to Clients

I often regret turning down the opportunity to get my doctoral degree in psychology. I just wasnt sure that I could listen to someone talk about issues they wanted help with and not offer specific advice.

With recruiting, however, I get to tell people what I think they should do to put themselves in the best position to get the job they want. Whether its related to their resume, advice on answering commonly flubbed questions, or letting them know not to chew gum during the interview (yesthis still happens), its all with the best intentions.

2. Be Comfortable With Being Open

It may be awkward divulging the details of your professional past to a stranger, but if you work with a recruiter, being open is the fastest way to get what you want and avoid the things you dont. Be comfortable talking about things like salary, the reasons you left past positions, and difficult situations youve been involved in at work. These things are likely to come up in interviews. You should also open up about your true hopes regarding both your short and long-term career goals. Let your personality shine so that your next job is not only a skill match, but also a culture fit.

3. Follow Up Once a Week

Weekly visits with a therapist are usually the norm. The same goes for how often you should be checking in with your recruiter. Youll want to give your recruiter a solid and thorough update of whats going on in your job search. Keep your recruiter informed of your progress to help them manage their search more effectively. Discuss interviews youve been on and your thoughts on the various organizations youve met with to further expand their understanding of what you want.


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