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Tips for Dealing With Recruiters

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They always seem to call at the wrong time, first of all. But recruiters and headhunters have worked well for many people. Fortune Magazine explains how to help them help you. First, the problem:

After 12 years as a finance manager… I’d like to explore opportunities elsewhere. Yet the only calls I get from recruiters are for jobs that aren’t appropriate for me in one way or another – either a step down from my present position, or in some other way not suitable.

Here are the tips from experts in headhunting, supplied through the article’s author:

* Recruiters keep people in mind those who have helped them find good candidates in the past. If they call with an opportunity that’s not right quite right for you, if you help by providing possible names, you’ll be on the priority list when something better comes along.

* Get your name out there and be visible. Become active in trade associations, sit on and chair committees, obtain leadership positions in organizations, give speeches, and write articles for trade journals.

* If you haven’t used Google to search for yourself, do so. If your name isn’t on the internet, start building an online presence that is aligned to the brand you’re trying to create for yourself.

Here’s one suggestion I can add to Fortune Magazine’s list. Check Career Intensity out from your local library and peruse David Lorenzo’s blog. He has great thoughts on positioning yourself well with respect to building your career.

Published or updated May 2, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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