When a Recruiter Calls (Or Not)

We’ve talked about how candidates should work with recruiters. Here are some pointers about catching their eye and navigating around pitfalls in the relationship.

Recruiters tend to approach people who are visible in their industry. Avenues to visibility include having your name listed in professional directories, attending industry conferences, and cultivating relationships with people you meet in the course of work. Ron Blair, managing director at Century Group, an executive search and project placement firm based in El Segundo, Calif., suggests something even more basic: stay employed. “It’s much harder for us to work with people that don’t have a job,” he says.

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