As Technical Connections grows and I look for stellar recruiters to hire into our company, I am amazed at the number of firms that I have never heard of that have entered the recruiting space in the last short while. Clearly the market must be getting better for these people from real estate and car rental services to now be recruiting in technology. So, while I truly believe that we are the best recruiting firm in town, I also recognize that there are job seekers that may want to use other firms or recruiters (why, I don’t know). If you are one of these folks, here are some questions you should ask any recruiter that you use:

  • How long has your company been around? If the answer is less than 2 or 3 years, then the company cannot be well-established.
  • How long have you been recruiting? Again, if the answer is less than 2 or 3 years, then the person does not have the knowledge or experience to serve you well. And do find out what they were doing previously (real estate? car rental?).
  • Do you want to meet me? If not, then you are still a 2-dimensional entity to the recruiter and they won’t really understand you. The meeting may be a quick cup of coffee somewhere, but before you interview for that recruiter, you should meet him/her.
  • How well do you know your clients? Do you visit them? How often? Do you work with the hiring managers or with HR? All of this information provides you with a picture of how effective the recruiter can be for you. Understand that a bad or inexperienced recruiter can do you much more harm than good.
  • Will you always ask me first before you send my resume anywhere? It is your responsibility to manage your job search. Make sure that you always know where your resume is being presented. If your resume arrives from 3 different sources, it reflects badly on you and many companies will just not proceed even if you’re a good match.

There are many more questions that you can ask but, bottom line, make sure you’re working with the right recruiter, someone who understands what’s important to you and has the connections and abilities to find you your next great job.

Helen MacKinnon – President – Technical Connections

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