47562136 - mature manager interviewing a female applicant in officeThe job market is booming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy to find work. If you’ve tried sending out hundreds of résumés but haven’t received any callbacks, it may be time to consider partnering with a professional recruiter.

A recruiter can expand your network and alert you to positions that aren’t posted publicly, but it’s a two-way relationship. To get the most out of the partnership, you have to contribute. Below, we provide some tips for doing just that:

1.) Choose a recruiter who specializes in your industry. If you wanted a job in construction, you wouldn’t submit an application to Walmart or Target. Instead, you’d visit your local branch of the Associated General Contractors of America and ask to view their current postings.

The same rule applies when working with a recruiter. You want to collaborate with someone who has connections in your field. Here at eStaff LLC, we specialize in IT jobs. Over the course of the past 30 years, we’ve helped hundreds of computer programmers, software developers and project managers land quality, rewarding positions.

2.) Be clear about what you want. A professional recruiter isn’t a mind reader, so you need to clarify what it is you’re looking for. Do you want a full-time job or a part-time job? Do you want to work remotely, or are you okay going into the office? What’s your salary range? Come up with the answers to these and other important questions before selecting a recruiter. The clearer your vision, the more likely you are to find what you’re looking for. Conversely, if you’re already working with a recruiter, keep them in the loop. If you land an interview or receive an offer, let your recruiter know. If you leave them in the dark, they might waste valuable time and energy they could put toward something else.

3.) Remember: a recruiter is a mentor, not an employee. Recruiters can provide advice on résumé writing or interview skills, but it’s up to you to put their advice into action. That means you’ll need to take their recommendations to heart and incorporate them into your job search. An experienced recruiter is candid. If they think you’re missing a key skill or aren’t likely to land a certain position, they’ll tell you. If you can avoid getting defensive, this professional feedback is invaluable.

4.) Stay in touch. Once you end up landing a new job, stay in touch with your recruiter. If you decide to pursue something else in the future, you’ll have a contact who’s familiar with your background and experience.

If you’re looking to land your next IT gig, our experienced team of recruiters can help. To learn more about our offerings, call (512) 381-2257 or click here to visit our website.