New year, new job search! Have you ever considered leveraging a recruiter? Working with a recruiter can feel like uncharted territory if you’ve never worked with one before. While your experience will certainly depend on finding the right recruiter for you, there are certain things to know that can assist you in being a more likely candidate to land the job. Here are a few tips that you can be sure will help you build a solid relationship with your recruiter and ultimately land you your next job.
Be open and honest.
Make sure you are candid from the get-go. Talk to your recruiters about your expectations, as well as your long-term career goals and aspirations. It’s also important to be transparent about your specific strengths and weaknesses. These details are key. Your recruiter wants to get to know you as best they can, in order to represent you in the most genuine way possible to the client.
If the recruiter mentions a position that isn’t to your liking, or somewhat out of reach from a skills perspective, let your recruiter know in an honest and polite way. They can use this feedback to better tailor their search for you.
Once you have made a connection with a recruiter, make sure you’re easily reachable to them. If a recruiter is unable to reach you to schedule an interview or present an offer, this may lessen your chances of landing the role. The job market can be competitive, so timing is everything.
It’s also wise to let your recruiter know your preferred method of communication (phone, email, text, etc.) and then stick with it. This will keep communication lines smooth and efficient for both parties so there is no guessing. Keeping the lines of communication open after you’re hired is important, too. Keep them in the loop with how things are going and about any struggles you might be facing.
Be accepting of feedback.
Recruiters have experience working with hundreds, if not thousands, of job seekers. They have gained a lot of insight and knowledge regarding the recruiting and job search process – this means resumes, interviewing techniques, and even background knowledge of the company they’re trying to land you a job at. If they provide you with any type of constructive feedback, it would be highly beneficial to accept and apply it.
Our recruiters at Per Se are eager to work with you in a transparent fashion in order to land you your next position. Apply these tips to get the most out of working with recruiters and it will serve you well in the long-run.