5 Signs of a Great Recruiter

Posted March 19, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves

The world of recruiters is one most job searchers know very little about. You might get a call out of the blue from a person you’ve never met and think to yourself, “Is this person legit?” Or perhaps you’re actively searching for a recruiter you might work with in your next job search. Whether you’re searching actively or passively, working with recruiters can be a powerful way to enter the job search. Often, recruiters can have existing relationships with internal human resources executives and hiring managers that give their recommendations weight in decision making.

But how do you know when a recruiter is good for your search or when you might be working with a recruiter who doesn’t have the right connections and might just be wasting your time? Our friends at Recruiter.com are giving you the skinny with “5 Signs of a Great Recruiter.”

We think these are two of the most important signs Recruiter.com is telling you to look for:

Past success: You want to work with a recruiter that has successfully placed candidates at that company in the past. Look for the recruiter to reference their past placements. Ideally, these past placements have become valuable networking contacts for the recruiter. The right recruiter to work with is the one with a solid history of success at the companies that best fit your skills in your local area.

Personal connections: Your recruiter doesn’t have to be personal friends with everyone that hires from them, but there is no substitute for solid, in-person networking skills. Your recruiter should have actually visited the companies at which they hope to represent you. A great recruiter will talk to you about the soft-skills of the job and how you might fit in with the various teams and managers for whom you might work. Examine the depth of the recruiter’s relationships and not just the number of their employment connections.

Click here to read the rest of Recruiter.com’s 5 signs.

Now that you know the signs of a great recruiter, how do you feel out these signs? Here are a few questions you’ll want to ask when scouting a recruiter’s experience:

  • How long have you been working with this client? Have you placed often with them?
  • What’s your general success rate? If you work with someone 1:1, how long does it generally take to find the right place for them?
  • Which networking or professional groups are you a part of?
  • Do you have personal industry knowledge in my industry? Do you feel comfortable with the jargon I’ll need to know about to get to the top of the hiring pool?

Ultimately, working with a recruiter is all about comfort with one another, on both sides. Find the person who you believe is dedicated to making you successful, and who has the connections you know you’ll need to get that job!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."