Your Quick Guide to Finding a Recruiter—And How to Keep Them Happy

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Ugh! You’re starting your job search and just finished reading six different articles telling you that there are a large amount of job openings that aren’t being posted online. How the heck are you supposed to find out about these positions and apply to them if they’re not being advertised?

Well, one of the best ways is to work with a recruiter. Employers hire recruiters to help them find candidates who are good for specific positions (oftentimes positions that aren’t being advertised online). That means recruiters have the inside scoop.

In other words, working with a recruiter can be really helpful in the job search. But how are you supposed to meet one? Isn’t it their job to find you? Are you just supposed to sit around and hope that one contacts you?

No!

Yes, recruiters are active on job search sites, and they may come across your résumé if you’re using one, but you can’t be sure of that.

We spoke with Recruiting Associate at The McIntyre Group Shana Tsukiyama about the best resources for students and recent graduates to use when finding a recruiter as well as what you need to know to make the most out of the relationship.

How can students/recent graduates find a recruiter to work with?

The internet is your best friend when looking for a recruiter. There are resources like Google reviews and Glassdoor.com that allow you to not only find a recruiter that specializes in your desired industry, but will share reviews that help you know which recruiters to work with.

You can search Google for lists of recruiting agencies as well as read reviews about those agencies on Google reviews and Glassdoor.com. The McIntyre Group is searchable on Google reviews and Indeed. So you can be active AND search for jobs/recruiting agencies.

Many recruiters will actually attend career fairs at colleges, so keep an eye out for any recruiters that may be on campus.

How can students and recent graduates make the most out of their relationship with a recruiter?

A recruiter-candidate relationship is a partnership—be honest with your recruiter and really listen to the feedback the recruiter has for you. Recruiters are client-facing and get very in-depth feedback on everything from résumé content to your appearance/behavior on an interview.

Do your research ahead of time and have a strong understanding of your job search. Recruiters won’t do all the work for you, so if you don’t know what you want to do or even what industry you want to be in, it can be difficult for a recruiter to find you a job.

I wrote a whole article on tips to work with a recruiter, here is the link.

What are some “no-nos” that students/recent graduates should know about when working with recruiters?

Recruiters are just another job resource—so remember to stay professional. Have a candid conversation about how often you can be in touch and what you can expect in terms of a timeline.

It’s also important to have an understanding of how recruiting works. Clients come to recruiters to find the perfect fit for these positions, so if you don’t have four out of five of the requirements that a client is seeking, it is not the best fit and may not be recommended for you.

The last no-no is not answering your phone or not being accessible throughout the process of finding a new job.

Homework time! Interested in working with a recruiter? Start looking up some recruiting sites on Google. Make sure that you’re careful about which company you decide to work with. Read reviews on Glassdoor and Google reviews. Find a recruiter within your industry that sounds like a good fit for you and your experience. Also, when working with this recruiter, remember what Shana recommends doing to make the most out of your relationship and avoid the practices she considers “no-nos.” Check out more tips on The McIntyre Group Blog.

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