3 tips to building strong relationships with recruiters

Jen AntillSenior Talent ExecutivePosted March 22, 2022

In October of 2016, I attended a college job fair at The Ohio State University. I was, of course, very nervous, so naturally, I went to the first company with which I was semi-familiar. I got an interview and eventually received my first full-time job offer for an IT recruiting position. At that time, I knew nothing about recruiting and honestly didn’t know this job existed. 

Five years later, I am absolutely in love with what I do every day: connecting people to their dream jobs! I always had a passion for helping people, but I was never sure how to translate that into a career. Once I finally wrapped my head around what I was going to be doing, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me. 

So, what makes me different than all the other IT recruiters out there?

Over the years, I have learned how crucial it is to stand out among the crowd in this industry. My favorite part about being a recruiter is building relationships with people. Finding a new job can be scary for most people, so my goal is always to provide everyone I work with a quality experience. Some people enjoy working with recruiters while others might not. Maybe you had a bad experience in the past and are hesitant to go through that process again, or perhaps you don’t know much about working with recruiters. No matter the reason, I am here to share what I do to build strong relationships! 

Give a quality experience. 

  • I can meet directly with hiring managers and hear firsthand what they are looking for in a candidate. Job descriptions provide detail, but sometimes not enough detail to give candidates a clear picture of the job. I get as much information as I can so that when I talk to people, I can provide them with as much information about the position as possible, such as initiatives, career growth, and loads of other helpful information.   

  • I will provide continuous help throughout the entire process. I will help with resume formatting, interview prep, salary negotiation, and other things you wouldn’t receive without working with me. 

  • I will not short you out of any opportunity. My job is to listen to your needs and current roles that align with what you seek. I have numerous roles that I can present to candidates most of the time because every opportunity is different. I want to make sure I give candidates the chance to pick and choose what works best for them. 

  • I have numerous conversations with candidates every day, so I am very in tune with what is going on in the market. I can help candidates better understand what is going on to put their best foot forward. 

Be transparent. 

  • We are a team. I can only help you as much as you help me, where trust comes into play. I want every candidate to know that they can trust me and have their best interest in mind. 

  • I will share all the knowledge and information I have with you in hopes that you do the same. The more information I have from you, the better I can help you! 

Maintain the relationship 

  • Sometimes I may only have one job opportunity for you based on your experience/skillset. Even if that one opportunity does not work out, I will continue to follow up with you if another opportunity arises.   

  • I will not cut all communication and never talk to you again. I have had countless conversations with people who said they worked with a recruiter who completely ghosted them. I promise never to do that because I would never want that done to me. The recruiter/candidate relationship is unique, and I promise to continually foster and maintain these relationships to the best of my ability. 

It comes down to that I will be your biggest advocate--plain and simple. I am here to help you, and the best way I can do that is to listen to you and understand your needs. Every candidate is different, and their needs are also different. I pride myself on always going above and beyond for every candidate and building a lasting relationship. 


Jen Antill As a Senior Talent Executive with Agility Partners, Jen's goal is to understand the needs of her candidates and provide a quality and transparent experience for everyone involved.