Recruiter Cold Calls – You seem to get them constantly when you’re not looking for a job, but never right after you’ve been laid off.
In my younger years I was a bit of a jerk to the accounting/finance recruiters. I’d rudely hang up, or tell them to leave me alone.
But now I’ve gone through a few job searches. I’m older and wiser.
And I believe building recruiter relationships is one of the best things you can do for your career, and your peace of mind.
Being professional and respectful (yes, maybe even nice) to recruiters pays off.
- It gives you time to find really good recruiters, because you’re not desperate to find a new job.
- If you get laid off, you have a group of recruiters who already know you. You don’t have to wait for the next cold call to come in.
- And if you decide to look for another job, you already know who the best recruiters are. So you don’t waste time with the shady ones.
Building Recruiter Relationships Is Easy
- Stop being rude – Answer their phone calls. If you’re in the office, say that you’re busy and ask them to email you their contact information. That way you have everything written down so it’s easy to find later. Be sure to give them your personal email, not your work address.
- Return the call – When you have free time (evenings or luch work great), call the recruiter and chat for a few minutes.
- If you’re happy at your role, let them know. Something like “I’m currently very happy at [Company], but please keep in touch for the future.
- Recruiters love referrals – In fact, their salary depends on constantly finding new talent. If you find a recruiter to be honest and professional, refer your friends.