Recruiters can only make excellent matches for candidates when they have a 360-degree picture of you and what you are looking for in your next role. Be prepared to share this information with your recruiter at your initial meeting with them. To help you prep, here are three things to consider:
Why are you looking for a new position?
The answer to this question gives a recruiter critical insight into your situation. Were you working for a firm that closed or had a major reorganization? Or perhaps you are personally poised for growth and ready to take that next step in your career. Whatever the reason, be completely open, honest, and transparent with your recruiter. This will allow them to steer you clear of roles that duplicate past issues for you.
Specifically, what are you looking for in your next role?
Are you looking to increase your responsibilities and move up the career ladder? Or perhaps you want something that will allow you to focus less on work and more on your family? Do you need more flexibility?
Perhaps you need to work remotely part of the time? Maybe what you want is to work on a new type of project or skill set? Whatever it is you want, be very specific. It is a candidate’s market right now with job openings outpacing total employees available. So, you can probably be picky and select a position that has explicit responsibilities you prefer.
What are your salary requirements?
Too often candidates are afraid of this question or shy away from it. But this information is critical to saving both you and potential employers from wasting time that could be better spent on other job matches. To determine whether your requirements are realistic, first do some research into the average salary for your role in your area online. Websites such as Glassdoor’s Salary Estimator pull data from thousands of people in your area, in your position. They provide accurate insight into what others are being paid for the same role in your geographic region.
Once you know the going rate for your position decide on a minimum and a maximum number for your salary requirements, base plus commission if applicable. The minimum is your walk-away point. If an offer is below that number, you would walk away from it. The maximum should be no higher than the top number for that specific role in your area.
Armed with these three pieces of information your recruiter will have a much better chance of finding you jobs you can truly get excited about, taking your career where you want it to go.