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You may not know exactly what your recruiters are thinking as they interact with you; however, it can help you and support your job search if you understand what motivates them to do the things they do. Most recruiters have one goal: Helping their employers and clients find the perfect candidate for an open position. And as they work toward that goal, they’re driven by supporting goals: Helping you find a job that’s a match for personality and skills, and helping the two of you establish a positive, fruitful relationship. As they move forward toward those goals, here are a few things most recruiters want candidates to know.

They’re not exploiting you, and they genuinely want you to succeed.

When you form a great match with an employer, you win. But your recruiter also wins. She fulfills her contract, strengthens her reputation, and cements her relationship with that employer. She also makes a strong impression with you, which you may pass along to others. So, if she doesn’t manage to land you the target job you’re looking for, it’s not because she isn’t trying. It may be because you’re a better fit for something else.

Their actions are never personal.

If a recruiter doesn’t call you back or answer your questions right away, it’s not because he’s being rude or dismissing you. It’s because he’s very busy and needs to place his client’s needs a notch above yours (you’re not paying him, but his clients are). Don’t get upset or take it personally if your relationship starts to fade away without explanation. Just keep moving forward onto the next target job. Whatever you do, don’t blow up his voicemail with multiple messages.

Take their advice to heart.

Recruiters know their clients better than you do, so if they ask you to highlight or downplay some aspect of your resume, it’s a good idea to follow through. Before they present you, they want to polish your credentials, so you shine and stand out, at least in the eyes of that particular target employer. Trust them when they make suggestions and recognize their honesty may sting a little, but they’re really trying to help you.

Answer questions quickly.

While it’s better not to hassle your recruiter with multiple emails and voicemails (one at a time is plenty), the reverse isn’t true. If she asks you for some information, hand it over ASAP. Job placement timelines can be short, and she may not have days to wait for your response.

For more on how to work with your recruiter and help her land the job you’re looking for, talk to the team at Extension.

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