QAnother perspective on developing relationships with executive recruiters

answered March 24th, 2010 by Linda Hohol
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“How do you develop relationships with executive recruiters? What are the benefits of doing so?”

 

From a candidate’s perspective:

 

Executive recruiters can be vey helpful to your career and it is important to develop and maintain these relationships. If they trust and respect you, professionally and personally, they will keep you in mind for job and director opportunities. They can also provide excellent career advice and tell you what is going on in the job market.

Whenever I received a call from an executive recruiter, I always returned it. Sometimes they are approaching you specifically for a particular job and other times they are looking to you for names of potential candidates. In either case, you should follow up and be as positive and helpful as you can. Ignore them at your peril! 

 

They are usually well networked, not just in the business community, but also the volunteer, not for profit and political communities and can be very helpful  in linking you  to these as well.

 

In summary, don’t hesitate to reach out to them, stay in touch and be as helpful as you can. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that you should be trying to achieve.

Over the course of my career, I have developed some terrific friendships with executive recruiters and that has been an added side benefit that I wasn’t expecting!

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