6 Ways to Get a Recruiter on Your Side (And Keep Them There)


A recruiter’s typical day is a whirlwind of emails, resumes, job interviews, blogs, social media, phone screens, background checks and LinkedIn profiles. For many, a 12-hour work day is considered normal.

Amid all that hustle – and with everyone else demanding the recruiter’s time – how do you make a recruiter really care about your career… and make your job search a top priority?

“I can tell you with certainty that we work exponentially harder on behalf of those candidate partners who create synergy and value our work,” says Tyson J. Spring, senior consultant of business development at Elever Professional, a recruiting company.

We spoke with Spring and a few other recruiting experts for advice on how to make recruiters work hard for superstar candidates. Here’s what they said:

1. Establish a Relationship Before You Need a Job

Because recruiters are constantly building relationships with both employers and candidates, waiting until you really need a job to build a relationship is a less-than-ideal  strategy.

Determine the recruiters that serve your industry or niche. Reach out on Twitter and LinkedIn. Join the LinkedIn Groups where they engage. Invite them to Starbucks for a cup of coffee. Just like any other important networking contact, find things you have in common with the recruiter.

Then, when the time comes, they’ll already know your value proposition… and be ready to go to work for you.

2. Be Generous With Your Network

Helping should be a two-way street. “This may sound self-serving, coming from a recruiter, but keep in mind that our networks are what make us great,” Spring says. So, to make sure you stay on top of a recruiter’s call list is to be generous with your network – and a great resource of other candidates.

“As they call, make sure they know of new developments in your career when and only when there is something to report. Continue to cultivate relationships with them and from time to time, call them to chat. They will work hard for you because… they know you work hard for them,” Holland says.

3. Cater to the Recruiter’s Process

How does the recruiter prefer to work? Phone? Email? Text? And how often do they want to hear from you? “Some may want you to check-in with them frequently, while others don’t need you to do so,” says Judi Wunderlich of WunderLand Group LLC.

Whatever you do—communicate well throughout your job search… make sure you keep the recruiter in the loop!

“The recruiter can only advocate on a candidate’s behalf if they know what is happening and, if necessary, have their side of the story so that they can offer explanations to address any concerns the employer may have,” says Bruce Hurwitz, PhD and executive recruiter at Hurwitz Strategic Staffing.

4. Send a ‘Thank You’ Note Post Interview

Perhaps because they consider a ‘thank you’ note necessary only for the hiring managers and decision makers, we tend to forgo saying thanks to the recruiter.

However, that’s precisely why sending a ‘thank you’ note to your recruiter is a great way to standout. Greg Patrick, president of G2K Solutions would agree and advises you to: “Treat them as you would a hiring manger by showing personality, persuasiveness and follow-up skills.”

5. Make Sure Your Expectations Match Your Experience

First and foremost, make sure your expectations are aligned with experience,” Spring says. “If you’re expecting your recruiter to find you the position of your dreams as a VP of Marketing, but your experience today barely stretches you into a Sr. Manager, you’re not going to have very many recruiters tripping over themselves to work hard on your behalf.”

Be ambitious, but also be realistic. And when your experience doesn’t quite match, ask the recruiter: “What will it take to get me there?”

6. Strive for 100% Honesty

If you lie about your education, experience or skill set, you’re not only hurting your own credibility… you are putting the recruiter’s reputation at risk.

“When a candidate tries to slip a secret through the cracks, a good recruiter will not miss the discrepancy, and will not be inclined to put their reputation on the line,” Spring says. “Be honest about career mishaps. A good recruiter will advise you on how to best address the issue with a potential employer.”

As you are working with a recruiter, remember that their job is to submit those candidates they feel are the best fit for the job. Your job in this process? To be top of mind so when a job comes in that is a great match for your experience and skill set, the recruiter says: “I have just the right person for this!”

Employ these strategies today… and get the recruiter, or several recruiters, on your side – and then keep them there by being a generous and considerate business partner!





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RitikaAbout the Author:Ritika Trikha is passionate about scoping out top-notch job advice in the career-sphere to help you find a job you love. Ritika has 99 problems but an unhappy career isn’t one! She’s a writer and an optimist (and Jay Z’s No. 1 fan). When Ritika’s not writing stellar advice articles, she’s obsessing over social media. Connect with her via CareerBliss Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+! And follow Ritika on Twitter!



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