Job Hunting in Portland is Unique


Professionals in Portland often feel there is only one degree of separation between themselves and a prospective employer, which means finding a career opportunity in Portland is all about connecting. Networking is the most effective strategy for locating positions, and working with a seasoned, well-connected recruiter allows you to leverage their client and candidate contacts. When assessing your options, it’s important to determine how well positioned your recruiter is to make these connections.

We have built our Portland network over time and maintained it based on our record of accomplishment in identifying and placing high performing talent, so we are perfectly positioned to help you “connect the dots” with the individuals who can help you achieve your goals.

Working with Kent Employment Solutions

We look forward to meeting each of our candidates in person. Our initial conversation and questionnaire establish a road map for success, so it is best for each candidate to arrive as prepared as possible:

Preparing to Work with a Recruiter

  • Make sure you are genuinely ready, mentally and emotionally, to begin the process; if you are currently employed, be sure you have a clear internal intention of leaving your company.
  • If you need help to clarify your intentions—for example, to determine whether you may be able to grow in your current organization or whether a transition makes sense—work with a career coach or consultant first.
  • Before you contact recruiters, have several people review and proofread your resume and even retain an expert if your budget permits.
  • Do not post your resume online—over time, it will become harmful to your search, eventually creating a negative perception of you as a candidate who has been in the job market too long.
  • Contact and update your references so you will be ready to provide your recruiter access to these individuals during your background investigation.
  • Consider any employment “skeletons” you may have in your past and be prepared to disclose and discuss them positively but honestly.

Selecting a Recruiter

  • Choose a well-connected recruiter who focuses on your field and/or function – we specialize in Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Sales & Marketing.
  • In a tight-knit community like Portland, working with multiple recruiters at the same time can hurt your chances rather than help them.
  • Interview recruiters to determine who is best aligned with your values and job search criteria
  • Choose the recruiter who respects your goals and objectives; avoid transactional recruiters who fail to listen and engage in learning about you.

During the Search

  • Work with your recruiter to establish a clear understanding of your goals and what employers best fit those objectives—particularly if there are types of companies or particular organizations you would like to target, since we may have contacts or insights to offer.
  • Feel free to apply for positions independently, but continue to keep your resume private.
  • Communicate often with your recruiter, especially about where you have applied or interviewed, so our efforts are coordinated.
  • Be prepared to make adjustments as you go and accept your recruiter’s suggestions.
  • If you have any changes in your job status or search objectives, let us know right away—we want to represent you and your goals accurately.

If you are ready to get started with Kent Employment Solutions, contact us and send us your resume.

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