Being a ‘middleman’ is possibly one of the toughest acts to pull off. You are everyone’s friend yet often you are only paid by one side which obviously affects your decision making. However, to let this happen is a short term view. A recruiter can maintain a healthy network of contacts over a career if done right.
I’ve me a few successful ones and they have several tips. Luckily all are straightforward and anyone can follow them.
- be honest … lies (even small ones) come back to haunt you and besides it is hard to remember them all! Your relationships with budget owners and the freelancers will be enhanced by respect for the truth.
- be thankful … your honesty will propagate and others will respect you for it. You can also choose your relationships using honesty as a baseline for doing business.
- be responsive … this tip is also known as setting expectations. If you can respond then do. If you cannot then tell the contact when you can. It’s probably my no1 tip actually.
- do your research … asking questions on topics which you could have researched in advance is annoying and unnecessary.
- be interested … ask about your counterparts needs and challenges. Finding the balance between 4 and 5 is the difference between good and great… (aim for great!).
- be adaptable … when things change (and they will) those able to change with it achieve.