Chances are that if you’ve been in the workforce a while, you’ve probably received a phone call from a headhunter or job recruiter. Sometimes these calls are welcomed, because you’re curious to see what other job opportunities are out there. And other times they’re just a nuisance.

If you are looking to switch jobs or careers, our advice is that you prepare yourself for the possibility of a job recruiter phone call.

When an external recruiter calls, it’s likely that they’ve found your information from sites like LinkedIn. Or they could just be going through your company’s directory. Regardless, it’s important to remember that the recruiter is never offering you a position; they’re simply looking to find the right candidates to interview for the job. So this is just the first of many steps in the interview process.

Here are some ways you can ensure that the job recruiter will pass on your information to the hiring manager:

Give them the CliffsNotes version of your resume

Remember that you’re not actually interviewing with the recruiter. Their job is to see if you meet the basic requirements of the position. Try to get the details of the job description and then make a list of your strengths and how they pertain to this specific role.

Show that you’re interested

Consider the job of a recruiter: they make cold calls all day on behalf of a company and not everyone wants to speak with them. Or worse, someone listens, discusses the job and seems like they’re interested, but has no actual plans of leaving their current position. Then the recruiter just wasted their own time, and their compensation depends on filling these jobs. If you’re genuinely interested, make it clear during the screening call.

Ask questions

Essentially you and the recruiter are on the same page. You want the position, they want to fill the position. Simple enough. So don’t be afraid to ask them questions about the hiring manager and the company. They may even give you some inside tips on what the hiring manager is like and what he or she is looking for.

Bottom line, use as many resources as humanly possible when searching for a new job. A professional staffing agency is another great place to turn to. If you’re in the IT industry and live in Dallas-Fort Worth, Maxsys Solutions would love to place you in a job today.

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