Touching Base with a Recruiter Should Be a Part of Your Professional Development Plan. Here’s Why.
You’re happy with your position. You like your colleagues, your firm is great, and the work you are doing is gratifying. Then why would you talk to a recruiter?
Even if you are happy with your current law firm, it’s good practice to make checking in with a recruiter a standard part of your professional development plan. Right after renewing certifications or completing continuing education, add on “Quick check-in with a recruiter” to your calendar. Here’s why:
1. It’s just information, not a commitment.
There’s this misconception that a conversation with a recruiter somehow means you’re committing to representation with that recruiter—you’re not.
Good recruiters are relationship builders. We understand that most of the conversations we have are for informational purposes only, and we are fully prepared to share information with you without any future commitment. Studies show that about 70% of job seekers are casually looking, and recruiters know that. Our goal is to get to know you, not marry you.
2. Recruiters understand the market.
The best recruiters are experts on the job market, industry trends and employer needs. Employers are constantly revising benefit packages, starting salaries and other incentives to attract the best candidates. They are also revisiting their needs and expectations—sometimes wanting more of a particular expertise or focusing on diversity. A quick conversation with a recruiter gives you better insight on what employers are offering and what you should expect.
3. Things change—fast.
Life happens, and it happens fast. It’s common to hear stories about candidates suddenly having to move closer to home to help aging parents, wanting more work/life balance or looking for an increase in pay. Take some of the pressure off and let a recruiter help you. The more a recruiter is familiar with your career, your interests and your experience, the more likely they are to keep you in mind as opportunities arise. It’s better to be prepared and have this connection in your network than to be left without a plan.
4. Recruiters will provide a resume review and critique.
An additional benefit to talking to a recruiter is a resume review and critique. We come across resumes every day. We know what employers are looking for, what experience should be emphasized, etc. We have to review your resume anyway, so take advantage of this benefit and to get our insights on how to put your best foot forward.
5. Conversations are confidential.
Every conversation we have with candidates are confidential. You never have to worry about personal information getting back to your current employer. We are here to assist with reaching your career goals. Your trust and confidence in us are critical.
6. A recruiter is an ally throughout your career.
At the end of the day, it is always best to be proactive rather than reactive. In the event anything changes in your personal or professional life, a recruiter is a good ally to have when you are ready to start looking for job opportunities. Remember, having a quick conversation, sending an updated resume, or simply just hearing what a recruiter has available can’t hurt you; it can only help.