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Tired of missing out on interviews or wasting your time with unsuitable openings? Then a recruiter is the solution you’re looking for! A recruiter helps companies match candidates to open positions. They help bridge together the company’s and the future employee’s needs. A recruiter can assist you every step of the way, from setting up interviews to negotiating salaries.

Why use a recruiter?

Recruiters are a great choice if you don’t have a strong personal network to help you look for open positions. On your own, a resume can get lost in the sea of online applications. You want somebody who is active in the industry you are looking into that can advocate for you and bring your resume to the forefront. Why leave it up to chance? Secure an interview faster with a recruiter highlighting your skills and expertise.

What questions should you ask a potential recruiter?

Like any relationship, you want a recruiter who works well with your goals and personality. Finding the right recruiter for your needs will ease the process. Start with these questions before selecting a recruiter:

  • What types of roles do you typically fill for people with my background?
  • In what types of companies have you placed people like me?
  • Which industries would be the best fit for me?
  • How do you promote me to employers? What is that process?
  • What can I do to prepare for meeting with employers?

How can you ensure success?

Trust is important when choosing a recruiter. This is especially true when you want to level up, be discreet, or are moving to a new city. If you can’t be 100% honest with your recruiter they will not be able to completely understand your skill set, goals, or potential. You will want to share your current salary, your desired salary, and positions you want to avoid. For them to be an effective advocate, you won’t want to hold anything back.

Ready to Elevate Your Career?

Start your job search today! Consider using a recruiter to help guide the process. Here at Westphal Staffing, it is part of our culture to make connections, recognize humans as individuals, and collaborate with professionals. Today, more than ever that culture is transforming the career-building experience, making us a different kind of staffing company. Call or text us today at (715) 845-5569!