If you’ve worked with an executive recruiter before, you’re probably familiar with the value and the benefits that such a relationship provides.
However, what are the benefits of staying in touch with your recruiter and maintaining that relationship over time? I can tell you that any recruiter who enjoys their profession and is it in for the long-haul also enjoys seeing the people they place excel in their new position and is interested in building long-term relationships.
They like to know how the person is faring, what they’re accomplishing, what promotions they’ve received, and what new skills they’ve acquired. They do get satisfaction from knowing that they’ve helped that person grow their career and reach goals that they might not have been able to reach on their own, and they would like to continue following their career.
While your recruiter may contact you every once in a while, it’s also a good idea for you to be proactive about maintaining that relationship. A good time to reach out to your recruiter is anytime you receive a promotion, a change in responsibilities, geographic move, or a salary increase. By staying in touch, you can continue to reap the benefits of the relationship and you never know when you may need their help again.
There are plenty of benefits associated with keeping in touch, including the opportunity to do the following five things:
- Compare notes about the state of the industry
- Discuss how a new change could affect your career
- Ask questions about emerging employment or marketplace trends
- Benchmark your career in terms of compensation
- Discuss possible future career paths
The best way to make sure that you stay in touch with your recruiter is to be proactive about contacting them, especially if you have new information about your career and current situation.
Other reasons to reach out are:
- A new job
- A title change
- New training and/or experience
- A new family situation, such as a marriage
It’s a good career practice to stay in contact with your recruiter and continue to update them. All it takes is a quick email about the change in your situation.
Staying in touch with your recruiter and maintaining a solid relationship with them can help your career. Feel free to contact me today to discuss what’s happening in your professional life, as well as what’s happening in the industry, and any questions you might have.
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