IamA Executive Recruiter. Are you in the market for a job? Seeking resume advice? Need interview tips? A competitive edge, perhaps? AMA!
I am an Executive Recruiter with over ten years of experience in the industry. Prior to that I spent a decade in two other industries at the management level so I have a combined total of over 20 years of experience as a hiring manager.
I know recruiters have done AMA's in the past but I've seen a lot of misinformation/misconceptions about recruiters (and the recruiting process) floating around Reddit, so I thought I'd answer some questions.
Before I get started, keep in mind that these are my opinions. I consider myself a subject matter expert regarding the recruiting function but your experiences may be different. I believe I can provide some information regarding best practices that are relevant across multiple industries, but again, some things may be specific to a particular industry, company, or professional. Please also keep in mind there are various types of recruiters. I am an external recruiter not a corporate recruiter. This means I work for a firm that recruits for multiple clients in multiple industries. Note that this is different from a corporate recruiter who works internally for one company and different from someone who recruits hourly or contract workers for companies.
I can provide opinions/advice/information about the following topics:
- Resumes and communication with potential employers
- Interview etiquette, tips/advice
- How recruiters work, and what we do
- Job hunting techniques
So go ahead. AMA!
EDIT: Wow, I did not expect such a huge response. There are a ton of questions. I'll do my best to get to all of them, but I may not succeed.
Okay, this blew up way too quickly! Sorry I couldn't get to all the questions, I tried my best. Luckily, it looks like other professionals stepped in to give some great advice. I received more PM's than I can count, sorry I can't help you all individually I wish I could.