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Working with Recruiters: You Get What You Give

My motto for working with recruiters:  You get what you put into it.  With a small amount of effort, a job seeker can get a recruiter to take an interest in them.  But this goes beyond simply emailing a resume with a snappy subject heading.

Check out this article at for more detail on how to build and maintain good relationships with recruiters during your job search.

As usual, if you have thoughts on this subject, please share below.


July 7, 2009 - Posted by | Job Search, article, Working with Recruiters


  1. Jeff,
    Pithy article at, with such a collection of practical action steps job-seekers can take to build bridges with recruiters.

    Love the Good, Better, Best, Extra Credit format. As well, the Expectation segment succinctly defines what recruiters do. Swimming upstream is a great visual. Weekly, I consult with Executive and Professional clients in active search mode who want me to ‘find them a recruiter’ who can help ‘find them a job.’ I’ll be pointing them to your explanatory blog to help educate them on the role recruiters play, and how they can cultivate meaningful recruiter relationships through their career life-time.

    Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter
    President – Career Trend,
    “Your Value Into Words”
    @ValueIntoWords (Twitter)

    Comment by careertrend | July 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for sharing this info, Jeff. It is great stuff as always! All of this relationship building that you suggest is wonderful, but how many recruiters is it realistic for a candidate to be “courting” like this?

    Comment by rezlady | July 8, 2009 | Reply

    • Good question, Sheree. Candidates should have a very strong bond with two recruiters in their area (and perhaps one in other geographic areas of interest, if desired). Beyond that, having a more informal connection to three to five others would likely cover a large metropolitan area for networking and outreach. For the informal relationships, the “Best” and “Extra Credit” tasks in the article are not necessary, of course.

      Comment by jefflipschultz | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. So you’re not only a recruiter, a business owner, an actor, a ham, a biker, a husband and a Dad? You are also a juggler. Impressive!

    You have laid out some great steps and strategies for those looking for a job and how to build relationships in the professional world. As ususal, your video just adds icing to the cake.

    You’re like the Job Recruiter’s Recruiter Engerizer Bunny, you just keep giving and giving and giving. It will come back huge to you.

    Comment by Jeff Hurt | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  4. As always, Jeff, the article was on target about “working with recruiters.”

    Comment by Suzanne Levison | July 9, 2009 | Reply

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