QUESTION: What’s the best way to find the right recruiter to help me in my job search?
There are different types of recruiters: corporate (internal), agency (external), retained (executive search). Corporate folks are focused on filling open roles. Agency and retained recruiters specialize in certain fields or industries and are more open to connecting. You can find recruiters through searches by title, agency calls and by asking your network who they’ve worked with in the past.
If you are on LinkedIn and have a well-optimized profile, recruiters will find you. LinkedIn is also a great way to locate recruiters. You can use LinkedIn’s People Search function to find a contact. For example, you may type in: recruiter, consumer products, marketing, San Jose, and the search will yield results you can review to find potential recruiter contacts.
One of the best tools for finding recruiters is LinkedIn. In the search bar, enter “headhunter OR recruiter OR recruitment” plus more specific terms enabling you to focus on a specific job type, level, and industry. The syntax is straightforward and powerful; you can use quotes, boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and parentheses to build highly focused searches that will save you a lot of time.
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