On the train to New York last week
I perchance sat next to a recruiter who
was visiting one of his clients in Boston
for the day.
One thing led to another and we spoke
about what each was doing. In the
process of sharing information, he
volunteered to review my information
on how chemists, scientiists,
technicians and managers can
beneficially work with recruiters.
David had some excellent information
In addition to noting that certain fields
are strongly served by specialized
recruiters who develop relationships
with a host of possible clients, he
noted the following:
1. when a recruiter contacts you, it
is more than polite, but professional
to respond and be responsive. Find
out the niche they serve– geographic,
or field, or sub-discipline, or particular
2. help the recruiter determine if you
fit their search needs. They more
than likely will be working for a client
to find possible people to bring in for
interviews. If you are not the right fit
now, you may be if you help her(im)
fill the position.
She(he) may contact your again if
the interaction was favorable and it
may help you.
3. In some instances it can be useful
to have someone who works with
recruiters to introduce you to the
recruiter. A cold call may not work for
you, an introduction by someone they
4. rejection or imperfect match is
possible. Don’t take rejection personally.
5. if you have an ongoing relationship
with a recruiter, a simple email contact
to find out if things are available, might
just be the right level of interaction for
It was a fun ride with David. He had
Don’t you agree?