Before you meet with a recruiter, it is wise to have some idea of what you are looking for in the next step of your career. The list of questions below are ones the recruiter is likely to ask you, and it would be of great benefit to the both of you if you already had some answers in mind.

Career Progression
• What are current and future positions that you’re interested in pursuing?
Think about what you like(d) best about your most recent position, what you didn’t like so much, and which areas you’d like to advance in. Remember, staying stagnant may be comfortable, but reaching for more is appealing to future employers.

Geographical Preferences
• Are you interested in relocating nationally or globally?
• Are you focusing on a single location?
• Is there an area that doesn’t work for you?

Really consider if you and/or your family are available for relocation. Often times recruiters may find great opportunities for you in various locations. Being open-minded to moving allows yourself more options for career growth, but if you do need to stay in your area that is definitely OK, just make sure that you firmly state that in your talk with your recruiter. Making this decision before the search starts takes pressure off of you to make hard decisions on the fly, and makes the recruiter’s job easier.

Compensation Structure
• By understanding your current compensation, recruiters are able to present opportunities that are commensurate with your skills and experiences.