Working with an Executive Recruiter: 10 Easy Steps
- Client companies have hired Lynn Hazan & Associates, Inc. (LH&A) to recruit, screen and present candidates. You, the candidate, pay nothing!
- LH&A matches client needs (i.e. job specifications) with qualified candidates. For example, if a public relations agency is seeking a candidate with prior agency health care experience, then the recruiter must present candidates who fit the client request. A candidate with financial services would not be best suited for the position.
- A candidate should form a relationship with LH&A. Get to know your recruiter. Find out what disciplines the recruiter works in. Determine what he/she needs from you. For example, if the recruiter requests salary information and references, provide them. Return your recruiter's phone calls.
- Always have a CURRENT RESUME. No typographical errors, or you will be eliminated. Bring your resume (and portfolio) for interviews.
- Verify names, titles, companies and addresses. Spell them correctly; that shows attention to detail.
- Don't lie about your background. It will catch up with you. You will then be classified as a dead or problem candidate. TELL THE TRUTH. For example, did you graduate from college in June or December? If you were fired from a job, tell your recruiter. The recruiter and clients don't want surprises!
- Keep LH&A informed of your career progression; e.g. title changes, promotions, salary increases, name changes, etc.
- Be prepared. Be on time for interviews. Dress professionally and project a confident image.
- Be open to suggestions and feedback. LH&A knows what it takes to successfully interview for a job and obtain an offer. Listen to that coaching!
- Referrals: if you were well-treated by your recruiter, pass on his/her name to friends and colleagues. Recruiting is still a highly personalized business.