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.

Spell it, don’t just say it!

When you’re leaving a voicemail, it’s common etiquette and courtesy to speak clearly, stay brief and concise and say your name and number–slowly!–at the beginning and end of the call.

At least, this all should be common etiquette, as this post by AvidCareerist also shows. How many times have you had to replay a v-mail just to scribble down the phone number or decipher the caller’s name?

I would like to add another tip. If you’re also leaving your email and it’s attached to a corporate address, spell it out–all of it. Continue reading