VP Executive Recruiting,
Credit Union Resources, Inc
Think about it. When you are ill, do you diagnose yourself and prescribe yourself medication? NO, you see a doctor. When you are in legal trouble or need legal assistance, do you represent yourself in the court of law? NO, you hire an attorney. When you bought or sold your last home, did you handle the transaction yourself, or did you use a realtor?
So the question is, why when it comes to the most important thing in your life, your job/career, do you not consult with an expert in the field and have them assist you? This is how you take care of your family, add purpose to your life and provide yourself with peace of mind. This is not the time to take matters into your own hands. Everyone needs a good recruiter! It is the best advice I will ever give a career driven individual.
A solid relationship with a recruiter is an excellent way for you to keep your eyes and ears open in the market. They can provide you with opportunities through their networks that you may never hear about or know were available. Did you know that 1/3 of all open positions are never made public; a good reason to have a recruiter. It’s an excellent way to be in the know. Recruiters will also provide you with more information than what is provided in an advertisement or job description. They can give you insight on the company culture, the reasoning behind why the position is available and valuable background information on the hiring manager such as where they went to school, work history; all the way down to their favorite sports and foods. Keep in mind, it is not the most qualified who gets the job, it is the most prepared – the one that has the most information. A good recruiter will provide you with the inside information that will clearly give you an advantage. Let me give you an example. If you ever have an interview with Dick Ensweiler, CEO of Cornerstone Credit Union League, brush up on your knowledge of baseball and know what is currently going on in the Major League. This is a sure way to break the ice and encourage a relaxed dialog. You see, Dick is an avid baseball fan. Do you think this inside information will be beneficial if you every have a face-to-face interview with him….. ABSOLUTELY!
Another benefit of working with a recruiter is what they do before and after an interview. Prior to an interview a thorough recruiter will “prep” you for the meeting. Letting you know what to expect from the moment you walk through the door. Recruiting professionals take the element of surprise out of the equation. Can you imagine going into an interview and knowing what the environment looks like, the appearance of who you will be meeting with, the questions that will be asked and the key responses they want to hear. Now that is power! Who is in control now – you are.
I have one last question for you. Have you ever submitted a resume, completed an application or went on an interview and NEVER HEARD ANYTHING BACK? How did that make you feel? By working with a recruiter, you have an inside line of communication with the hiring manager. Recruiters are able to follow-up on your resume and provide you status updates. After an interview they speak directly with the hiring authorities to obtain feedback. This is feedback that can be shared with you. This not only allows you to close the chapter and focus your job search on other opportunities, but it also provides you with information that can be used to improve your resume and interviewing techniques. Feedback lets you know what went right and what when wrong in that interviewing setting. That is providing value. That is what a recruiter does. They provide value to one of the most critical processes in your career.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. I could speak for hours on the benefits of working with a recruiter. If you would like to learn more and are serious about your career, give me a call at 832-200-8714. Start that relationship with a recruiter that will bring value to your career growth.