How to Work (Effectively) With Recruiters

Tired of getting the runaround? Recruiters can be invaluable to making your job hunt a success, but it’s up to you to make sure they understand what makes you just as invaluable.

We’re all busy people. Our Twitter #careerchat gathered some great tips and resources to make sure you’re getting what you need from your recruiter!

Key takeaways from the chat:

  • Find recruiters specializing in your industry through Google or LinkedIn, and start building a relationship.
  • A recruiter is a great source of information about the company. Ask questions; get information ranging from the company’s competitors to corporate dress code.
  • What are recruiters finding out about you? Be smart about your online presence. Create a compelling profile with industry keywords and post it on LinkedIn, job boards and industry sites.
  • Recruiters can sell you to the employer, but it’s up to you to sell yourself to the recruiter.
  • Be clear on salary expectations when you’re asked. Do your market research and quote a range the recruiter can take back to their client.


Special thanks to @ymmat, @MervynDinnen, @Billboorman, @swallace2882, @careercast, @AvidCareerist, @JohnAntonios, @AnneMessenger, @greatonthejob, @myFootpath, @talentculture,  @PushJobs, @SaleStart and @ComeRecommended.

Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

Adapted from my post here on MyPath.

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