So, You’re Working with a Recruiter … Now What?

//So, You’re Working with a Recruiter … Now What?

So, You’re Working with a Recruiter … Now What?

When considering a new position in commercial construction, working with a recruiter can open numerous opportunities. Recruiters have in-depth knowledge and insights into the job market that can be invaluable resources. Still, many people don’t know what to expect when working with a recruiter. Here are some tips to get the most out of a relationship with a recruiter when seeking new career opportunities.


To have a successful experience working with a recruiter, practice strong communication skills. Communicate your goals as clearly as possible. Share the type of position and company you gravitate toward. Give them as much feedback as possible. If they present a job that doesn’t feel right, explain why in detail. This will help them better understand what you are looking for. Communication needs to be timely and responsive. If they send an email, respond to them as soon as possible. Don’t go a week or two without communicating with a recruiter; they may start to think you have already accepted a job somewhere else.

Honesty and Transparency

Honesty and transparency are both essential elements for working with a recruiter. Don’t use hyperbole when describing credentials or achievements. A recruiter needs accurate facts about your experience and employment history. They won’t be able to find a job that is a good fit if they do not have complete information. Plus, most recruiters will perform a background check in the process. There has to be trust in the relationship. If they find out there was deception, you could lose opportunities entirely.

Take the Recruiter’s Guidance

Keep an open mind when you are working with a recruiter. Construction recruiters know the market inside and out. They know what works and what doesn’t. They are experts in the employment market and in the commercial construction industry at large. When they offer advice it is based on experience and they are genuinely trying to help. Consider their guidance throughout the recruiting process. They can help improve your resume, your interview techniques, and even help with salary negotiations. Finding the right fit can be challenging, so it is important to listen to the guidance they offer.

Job hunting can be stressful and time consuming. Working with a construction recruiter can make the process much more manageable and successful. Having an expert offering marketplace experience and industry knowledge can make all the difference. To make the most of the experience, be honest, practice strong communication, and trust the recruiter’s guidance.


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By | 2019-09-09T18:49:06-05:00 September 12th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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