Tips for Working with a Healthcare Recruiter
Megan Malugani | Monster Contributing Writer
Have a Goal, but Be Flexible
A polished pitch to recruiters is just as important as a polished pitch to employers. Be as specific as possible when describing the type of job you want, but leave some wiggle room, Cardillo says. She suggests a good opening line to a recruiter may be: “I’m exploring options in nursing management and want to connect with some opportunities that may be available.” Making demands or ultimatums will turn a recruiter off, no matter how stellar your credentials. “Don’t say, ‘This is what I’m looking for, and call me when you get something,’” she says. “Keep your options open.”
Take Advantage of Your Recruiter’s Expertise
Recruiters can share inside information on the working environment at an organization you may be considering and the type of candidate it may be seeking. They can also offer valuable tips on how to improve your resume, position yourself for advancement or even dress for an interview. Folb helps candidates prepare answers to difficult interview questions. All this advice and knowledge shouldn’t cost you a dime, Cardillo says.
Be Honest and Accessible
Be straightforward from the beginning about your salary expectations, and don’t revise them upward as the recruiting process progresses. It’s also important to be up front about any black marks on your work history. “Recruiters don’t like surprises,” Folb says. Another way to permanently burn bridges with your recruiter is to pursue a job with a new employer solely to increase your leverage for a raise at your current job. And if you plan to work with more than one recruiter, disclose that fact to all parties.
Don’t Get Lazy
Using a recruiter should be just one element of a job search that includes networking, informational interviewing and responding to advertised job openings. “Don’t sign up with a recruiter and then sit back and wait for things to happen,” Cardillo says. “You can’t expect a recruiter to do the work for you.”