If you’ve never used a recruiter before to assist you in finding your new role, it’s only natural to have a number of questions about the relationship. Firstly, please don’t assume that recruiters will take over your job search. Not only are we not aware of every job opportunity out there (as much as we’d like to be!) but we could be, at any one time, working with over one hundred candidates or more, as well as taking daily calls from clients looking for their new recruit.
Recruiters need a two-way relationship, candidates who impress the heck out of us and work alongside us to get them their perfect job. With that in mind, here are some tips on getting the best out of the partnership:
In addition to knowing what type of job you want it’s also important to assess the minor details. Do you like to work in a team? Do you prefer an open office environment? What type of management style do you respond best to? Knowing exactly what you want out of a job and employer will not only help your recruiter to narrow down the suitable positions for you, but will also impress them.
Regularly assess yourself and your job requirements and be sure that whenever any change is made to your CV that you are supplying your recruiter with the updated version.
As you will already have assessed what you want from a job and an employer, you will be able to answer any recruiter questions with ease and come across as confident and prepared. You will also be set to ask questions about any potential employer and their working environment and cultures which will once again only impress a recruiter.
Even though you have the ideal job in your mind be open to other suggestions from your recruiter. Often people can be focussed on salary or pre-determined criteria but a recruiter can often see other opportunities that might be a better fit for your personality and experience.
Honesty builds trust. If there is something in your past employment history which will come out down-the-line then be upfront about it. Failing to mention something that will come to light during a recruitment process will not only make you, the candidate, look bad but also the recruiter. Experiences like this will make a recruiter wary about putting you forward for future roles.
Also, if the role that’s being suggested really doesn’t sound like its right for you, or your skillset, then speak up. The recruiter will respect you for knowing your capabilities and not wasting anyone’s time.
Recruiters aren’t only looking for talented people, but people who have confidence and know themselves and what they want to achieve in their career. Be prepared just as you would with a direct employer and this will help set you apart from the hundreds of other candidates that recruiters deal with weekly.
Like any other relationship…you only get what you put in.