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Open to Work: How to Best Leverage the Power of Recruiters



There are countless strategies to employ during your job search, including getting great professional references, networking effectively, and capitalizing on your transferable skills. One strategy that intimidates some job seekers is utilizing the services of a recruiter. Many job seekers shy away from recruiters because they are uncomfortable or unsure of the process. Most often, this discomfort stems from a lack of understanding of how to work with recruiters and the potential benefits such a relationship could bring. We interviewed several local professionals about their recent experiences to get a first-hand account of the process and to answer some of the top questions people have about working with recruiters.


One of the first questions that many job seekers have regarding recruiters is how to get in touch with them. Our interviewees had some great advice: “The best way to get in touch with recruiters is to let them get in touch with you”.

One of the easiest ways to make yourself available to recruiters is to use professional networking sites, including LinkedIn.

Our interviewees were amazed at how many recruiters contacted them after just changing their LinkedIn status to “looking for work”. This simple step resulted in a nearly overwhelming response of recruiters reaching out to them and offering their services.


With the potential of a wide variety of recruiters to choose from, the next question to consider is how to choose which recruiter to work with. One important consideration is how the recruiter will be