Partnering with a Recruiter is Like Signing with a Pro Sports Team.
That’s why long-time recruiter Colleen Lennox, President of the Ashling Team Cybersecurity Community, advises thinking of your recruiter as your (career) coach. “A recruiter’s purpose is to position you for success. Helping you achieve your end game is that professional’s goal. She is there to help you score the perfect opportunity, at the right time,” explains Lennox.
“A strong recruiter, like a good coach, invests time and energy to foster a rapport with you and to gain an understanding of your skills, capabilities and goals,” says Lennox. “In turn, you need to be honest with her, and yourself, regarding your past job experiences, objectives and ‘must-haves,’ including work environment, travel, salary ranges and equity packages,” she emphasizes. Doing so ensures the experience is a win-win.
A seasoned recruiter helps you create a game plan that plays to your strengths, capitalizes on your ‘personal bests,’ and fuels your ambition to ultimately help you realize your professional aspirations. “Remember, your recruiter is on your team and she’s rooting for you. She’s there to coach you through the planning, applying and interviewing process. Don’t hesitate to ask questions,” emphasizes Lennox.
Careers are a game of strategy and endurance. And a recruiter can be a game changer. So, Lennox encourages being direct with your recruiter about your motivations and expectations from the start. And, be a team player— responding to e-mails and calls in a timely manner, so you don’t miss an opportunity or an update. “This way, you’ll increase the likelihood of being contacted about the opportunities that most closely align with your desired career trajectory,” Lennox explains.
“You’re busy enough and the game is challenging enough without being inundated with irrelevant job opportunities," says Lennox.
Interested in 'scoring' a new career opportunity or increasing your odds of landing a new position? The Ashling Team Cybersecurity Community is at-the-ready to help. On AshlingTeam.com you can peruse and apply to job opportunities at various levels; network with peers; and discover job search strategies.
The Ashling Team Cybersecurity Community is a collaborative forum that features jobs at various levels with a variety of organizations in a myriad of industries across the nation. New, exciting opportunities are regularly added to our interactive job board to ensure our community members have access to intriguing, challenging roles at every stage of their careers. So each week, stay tuned to our live feed and social media accounts for job alert posts, and be sure to peruse 'Opportunities' on Ashling Team to review the full selection.