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click for more DO's and DON'Ts of working with recruiters
There are risks and rewards of working with recruiters. They can be invaluable in helping you find and get the right job. But, a little mis-step with a recruiter can cause problems for you and/or your employer. "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." Check-out the resources below. Either order online or go to your local library.

Daily CareerTIP® Advice
Monday - DO consider using recruiters
Recruiters are especially helpful when you don't have much time; you are moving into a new area - either geographically or occupationally; your job search is highly specialized either by industry or occupation; you need to expand your contacts; you do not feel confident in your own networking; you are in middle or upper-management.

Tuesday - DO NOT send your resume to a recruiter...
...unless you are absolutely, positively, beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt sure that you trust the recruiter, and you are willing to run the risk of your employer finding out. Once you send your resume out, especially by email, it only takes a little "ooops" by a secretary, recruiter or potential employer for it to wind-up in the wrong place.

Wednesday - DO reference recruiters
Ideally, you got the name of a recruiter through someone you trust who has already worked him/her. If not, ask the recruiter for references before working with them. Find out who they have worked for to fill positions and who they have placed. Assure references that you will not be sharing their comments with the recruiter. Ask "what was your experience in working with ...?"

Thursday - DO help recruiters hunt
When a trusted recruiter calls you to ask for your help in finding candidates, take the time and make an effort to think about and recommend contacts. But "do not" refer anyone with your current employer as a potential candidate or referral source. Help recruiters in their hunting without hurting your current employer.

Friday - DO NOT give names to recruiters...
...without permission from the people you are referring. In fact, the best thing you can do for recruiters and referrals is to make a phone or email introduction - not only a matter of courtesy, but also building positive relationships.

Saturday - DO meet recruiters for coffee or lunch
Make an investment of time and money and get to know selected recruiters up-close and personal. Ask about their business, and how you can help them. Encourage them to talk about themselves and their interests. Build a positive and professional relationship.

Sunday - DO pray for recruiters
Your relationships with recruiters are like any other - opportunities for ministry. Get to know them, ask about them, help them and pray for them. While you are seeking a new job, you can be seeking recruits for the Kingdom.


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