Tips for Connecting with Recruiters in New York City

A lot of candidates find new jobs through networking with colleagues; however, it is also advisable to conduct a multi-faceted job search campaign. That campaign should include working with recruiters. It is acceptable and recommended to interact with multiple recruiters simultaneously. Each recruiter has a unique groups of contacts and has potential to open different doors for you. Work with recruiters who specialize in your occupation or industry.

Tips for Working with Recruiters (Photo: Library of Congress) The best way to find excellent recruiters in New York City is through a referral from a colleague in your industry or occupation. LinkedIn is another rich resource for finding suitable recruiters. To get to know if a recruiter is a match for you, take time to read his LinkedIn profile. You can learn a lot about the person’s familiarity with your industry or the area in which she specializes. Don’t rely on websites with listing of the top ten best recruiters in New York or review sites. Conduct your own review to determine if the recruiter not only knows the city, but knows your field of work.

Contact recruiters with the same formality that you would use when contacting a prospective employer. They are scrutinizing you for your professionalism and ability to perform for their clients. Before contacting recruiters, update your LinkedIn profile, clean-up your social media presence and increase your participation in industry groups, especially online. When a recruiter receives your information, if she interested, one of the first things she will do is conduct a quick online search to determine who you are. Reach out to recruiters in the manner they prefer. For some, it is uploading your resume on their website. Others prefer a resume with a cover email.

Remember the recruiter’s job is to present attractive, qualified candidates to clients. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are the client. You are a commodity. If you showcase your skills, knowledge and professionalism, you may be the valuable commodity that they wish to present.

Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at debra@careersdonewrite.com.

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