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Your recruiter can help you connect with Houston-area businesses and find the job you’re seeking. But if your only connection with your recruiter is about finding the job, you’re missing out.

Staffing firms entrench themselves in the markets they serve in order to build powerful professional networks and deep knowledge of their industries and locales. Here are six ways to tap into that knowledge to continue advancing your career – before and after you’ve accepted the job offer.

Know what you’re looking for.

Before you meet with a recruiter, make a list. What were the best parts of your previous jobs? What were the worst? If you could change one thing about your current or most recent job, what would it be and why?

Thinking about these questions helps you understand what job and workplace will support you best. It also helps your recruiter match you with a company where you will enjoy your work and do well.

Be honest.

Some job candidates fear that honesty with their recruiter will limit their job opportunities, so they fudge the facts – everything from their previous experience to the workplace culture they’d prefer. When you’re honest, however, your recruiter can place you in a position that genuinely suits your skills and your preferences. And since you’ll spend at least half your waking hours at work, it pays to find a place you really enjoy building your career.

Be open to opportunities.

One benefit of working with a recruiter is the chance to learn about opportunities and career paths you may not have known existed, but that may be perfect for your personality and goals. The more willing you are to try new things, the more opportunities your recruiter can provide. And if a new position doesn’t work out, you and your recruiter will both have more information to make a better fit next time.

Communicate promptly.

Make it a priority to return your recruiter’s emails and calls. One of the benefits of partnering with a recruiter is having “inside access” to information from companies that are hiring – but this information is often time-sensitive. Temporary and freelance positions can go especially quickly, so if you are looking for these, be alert for your recruiter’s call and answer it as soon as you can.

Put your best foot forward with potential employers.

Send any requested information the same day you’re asked for it, arrive fifteen minutes early for every interview, and always follow up with a handwritten thank-you note. The more responsible and prompt you are at connecting with potential employers, the more confidence your recruiter will have in you – and the more likely they will be to recommend you to employers.

Stay in touch.

When you work with a recruiter, your primary goal is to find a job. Once you’ve landed that position, however, don’t forget to email or call your recruiter once every few months with updates. You’ll stay connected to other great opportunities, get the “inside scoop” on your profession, and keep an ally who can help you make the right networking contacts at the right time.

At ExecuTeam, our recruiters can help you find a job that advances your career in a workplace culture that helps you thrive. Contact us today to start getting the most from your recruiting partnership.

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