“An executive recruiter's success is based on the relationships he or she is able to maintain," said Elever's Jeremey Spring. He recommends spending time researching the recruiting firms operating in your professional space. "Most recruiting firms, large and small, post available roles on their websites and provide contact information for the individual consultants working to fill the role," he said. "An introductory email or phone call will put you on the recruiter's radar. If your experience is aligned with the open position, a referral might result. If it does not, at least you've opened a dialog that might prove useful on other engagements."