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How to build relationships with recruiters

If you’re looking for a new job, one of the best resources you can have is a recruiter. They can give you access to new jobs before anyone else and they can actively look for jobs on your behalf. But in able to make the most out of their resources you need to do your part to help them.

Here are some tips on how you can build a strong relationship with a recruiter and increase your chances of landing your dream job.

Ask the right questions

Before talking to a recruiter you should make a note of what is motivating you to look for a new role, what is missing from your current job. To get the best fit for you and help you assess whether a recruiter will represent you well, you should ask the recruiter some questions. Here are some sample questions you could ask:

-What types of companies and industries have you placed people like me in?

-How often do you place people with the same skillset and background as me?

-What are some reasons that other candidates haven’t been selected?

Be honest

If you’re not enjoying the job or you cannot attend an interview, you should be honest with the recruiter. Some candidates will go into hiding and leave the recruiter hanging which affects the relationship in a negative way. It is always best to be honest no matter what the situation is. If you are honest with your recruiter you will look more favourably and they will be more likely to work with you in the future.


Communication is key in any type of relationship. If your recruiter is trying to get in touch with you, don’t ignore their call. If the recruiter knows that you will get back to them when they make contact, then they will be more willing and motivated to stay connect and help you.

You should also create an action plan with your recruiter and update and let them know on any changes or developments. Even if it’s something that you think may be insignificant can have an impact in the future.

Maintaining the relationship

Once you’re in the recruiter’s database, you will easily resurface if you have a good CV filled with key terms and buzzwords. You don’t need to call the recruiter every week to see if they have any new opportunities. They will call you if you’re a good fit for a role. Keep an eye on their job listings most recruiters will post on social networking platforms such as LinkedIn as well as on job boards. There are other ways you can keep in touch with a recruiter without pestering them.

Once you get the job you can keep your recruiter in the loop by checking in on them once in a while. After you have settled in, see if there are any opportunities for the recruiter to work on new job openings. Keep providing good candidates or potential clients. Keeping the bond will make the recruiter want to spend the time and effort to help you down the road.

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