Using a Recruiter: Tips for Getting the Best Results

Many people have misconceptions about using a staffing firm or recruiter to aid them in their quest for the perfect career. Sometimes these misconceptions prevent people from taking advantage of a staffing firm or recruiter. Let’s get one thing clear: The firm and/or recruiter’s job is to find you a job and help companies fill positions. It’s a win-win for companies and you, the potential employee.

When you decide to put the misconceptions aside and work with a recruiter, there are a few things you should know before diving in. First, recruiters are professionals at reading people. They have to be; the success of their company lies in them finding the perfect match. That being said, a recruiter is going to analyze your attitude right off the bat. When you first meet your recruiter, be professional, courteous and make eye contact; in short: be yourself (but the best you can be). Be open, answer their questions and show them that you are the ideal candidate for a position they are trying to fill. Treat this as you would an interview with a company because IT IS.

When answering questions from the recruiter, be as specific as you can be. Let them know the tasks you handled at your previous job, even some of the more mundane ones. Play yourself up while still being honest; sell yourself. Opening up your work history and tasks you’ve managed plays an important role in the recruiter assessing your abilities. You may not think that a certain, everyday task you handled previously is important to the job you’re applying for, but it could very well be.

While the relationship with your recruiter should be maintained as a professional relationship, also realize that they are there to help you. Ask them any questions you have regarding the process, hiring companies, etc. Follow up with your recruiter on a regular basis to keep yourself fresh in his mind (not that he will forget you, but this also helps your recruiter keep your details in the forefront).

Working with a recruiter can be an excellent way to find your dream position. The recruiters know where the jobs are, and they are often privy to jobs that aren’t posted elsewhere. In today’s world, networking and making contacts can go much further than what’s listed on your resume, and the recruiter is a great contact to have on your side.

Do You Have What it Takes to Lead in the Professional World?

In every situation in life there are leaders and followers. While the leaders often take the grandest recognition, being a follower isn’t always a bad thing. Also, being a leader doesn’t always mean you’re the boss, manager or supervisor at your job. Natural born leaders have a few character traits, many of which you may have, as well. Many of these traits come naturally; however, you can also work to hone these character traits.

Lack of Ego

It may seem like common sense to assume natural leaders have large egos. This can’t be further from the truth, however. Natural leaders are able to suppress their own egos and make things work as a team. They are the best team players out there, and able to give recognition to other team members without trying to steal someone’s thunder. They are confident and able to offer ideas and support throughout projects. Some may confuse self-confidence with a large ego.


Natural leaders have an innate ability to communicate every detail, making sure everyone is on the same page. They will also use their communication skills to find out what others want and any issues going on with a project or work environment. Their communication skills also make them great listeners.

Standing Ground

Conflicts arise in everyday life, including at work. A conflict may arise with a fellow worker or with a client. Natural born leaders are able to tolerate conflict in a way that shows they won’t back down; however, they’re not often bullies during a conflict. Their ability to effectively communicate comes into effect during conflict. They won’t run from it, and they will go after what they want, but they will not snake or sneak to get it.

Transparency and Integrity

While there are stories of deceitful people making it big in the professional world, natural born leaders have unrivaled integrity. They are honest and transparent, allowing them to be fully trusted by coworkers, supervisors, clients and, well, everyone. Besides honesty, integrity also includes doing things the right way, giving credit where it’s due and owning up to mistakes.


Do you have these qualities? Are you looking to move up professionally and develop these skills to become a leader? While these traits are typically natural, there are a few you can work on to more fully develop your leadership skills. For example, many people avoid conflict, but you can stand your ground (even if it takes practice doing so). You can also work on your ability to communicate your feelings and desires in the workplace without overstepping your boundaries.

Getting to Where You Want to Go

We never really know what direction our career will take us when we first start out. Think back to when you were fresh out of college and new to the workforce. The opportunities seemed endless.

Yet, over time, our sense of possibility can diminish depending on the work environment we are in, the job we have, and the availability of climbing the corporate ladder with our current company.  Some move more quickly through their career while others just can’t seem to get that break.

Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, let’s take a look at how you can get to where you want to go.

Here are some things to consider/assess in helping you move forward:

  • Are you in the right position currently and on the right path for progression? Meaning do you have the skills and talent to move ahead with the current track you are on?
  • How is your attitude towards those who are ahead of you? Do you feel disgruntled, entitled, envious? Or, are you asking what they did, assessing what they have that got them there and implementing that in your life?
  • Do you feel hard work or luck will get you there? While some people may look like they’ve had a lucky break, and some maybe did get one, the majority of people have worked hard to get to where they are. Instead of seeing people for where they are right now, look at what hard work they’ve put in over the years – and see what you can contribute now to your current role/position.
  • Are you speaking up, taking action, being visible in the workplace? Or, are you skating by and doing your necessary tasks, but not taking any risks or standing out as a leader?
  • Be proactive. Let the people around you know that you want to advance and go further in your career, ask them what you can do to make that happen, and then follow through on their suggestions.

These are just some ideas of what you can do to go further in your career and advance up the rankings of the work force.

What other ideas do you have to advance your career? We’d love to hear them.