In response to my first recruiter interview, a colleague wrote in with the reasons he stays in touch with recruiters:
- Some of the best jobs / candidates are rarely advertised
- If you refer people to your friend the recruiter, there is the possibility of a finders fee
- They can keep you aware of trends in the local market
- You might be able to get a free lunch every so often
I still keep in touch with recruiters I've known for over 30 years. When I refer someone to these people, my referral means something. I've even sold books and landed one consulting engagement based on meeting someone through a recruiter.
Think about it and make friends with a recruiter today!