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It pays to build a network of recruiters who see your value.


It pays to build a network of recruiters who see your value. It pays to build a network of recruiters who see your value.

If there's one constant in the job market today, it's that things are constantly evolving. In the past few years, the market has experienced talent shortages and layoffs, headcount freezes, and hiring booms. Job switching is also the norm, with people changing jobs every four years on average. So there's a good chance, by choice or unfortunate circumstances, that you could end up between jobs at some point in your working life.

Should this happen, won't it be helpful to have a coach who can help you figure out your next move? A connection to the roles you want to pursue? An advocate who can position you in the best light with hiring managers? By building a relationship with a great agency recruiter, you get all of this and more.

So instead of asking, “Why should I stay in touch with recruiters when I'm not actively looking for a job?” ask, “Why not?”

1. Start in-network to connect with recruiters

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Establishing connections with recruiters in your industry can be difficult, and many people aren't sure where to start.

First, I recommend speaking with people in your network. Find out if they've ever worked with recruiters, and see if they have any referrals for you. For example, you could ask:

  • Did you work with a recruiter to get your job?
  • How did you find your job?
  • Can you recommend recruiters in my industry?
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Rohshann Pilla

With over a decade of experience in the staffing industry, Rohshann has a finger on the pulse of emerging talent-market trends—advising clients on optimal strategies to attract and onboard skilled creative, marketing, and digital talent. She's passionate about building and leading recruiting teams with a lean delivery model and developing innovative talent delivery solutions for our Fortune 100 clients that help propel their business forward. When not researching the latest talent market trend, she's trying to keep up with her two kids and enjoying the great outdoors in Portland, Oregon.  


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