Professional recruiters can help job seekers take their search to the next level, but only when that relationship is properly maintained and leveraged to truly provide an advantage. If you are considering partnering with a recruiter, follow these tips to help you get the most out of the engagement.
Know What You Want
Some people contact a recruiter when they feel frustrated at work, but they may not be truly ready to make a change. Before you attempt to establish a relationship with a recruiter, be sure that you’re absolutely ready to take the leap. Recruiters are busy, and they invest a great deal of time in their candidates without receiving compensation for those efforts. Be respectful of their expertise and their time, and only reach out when you’re absolutely sure of your job search.
Get Specific About Your Goals and Your Needs
Recruiters can only match you up with suitable opportunities when they have a firm grasp of your career goals and your expectations from a job. If you only want to make a lateral move, be clear so that the recruiter doesn’t recommend you for positions that require a step up. At the same time, you must also be clear about your needs and wants. If you know deep down that relocation isn’t something you’re looking for, be upfront about it. While your specific requirements may narrow the field a little, you can be sure that the positions your recruiter recommends will be worth your time and energy.
Be Open to Giving and Receiving Feedback
After an interview, your recruiter will speak directly with the hiring manager to learn what went well and what might not have gone so well. She will then provide you with that feedback to help you improve your interviewing skills. Remember that this feedback is a tool, and it is important to accept it with grace, and you should be prepared to act on the feedback in the future. Conversely, provide the recruiter with your own feedback about the interview. Perhaps the job description didn’t seem to match up with the hiring manager’s stated expectations and you’re feeling a little confused or uneasy. Or maybe after the interview you realize the job simply isn’t for you. Open, honest and respectful communication will help the recruiter match you up with an opportunity that will knock your socks off.
Participate in the Process
All relationships are two-way-streets, and a recruiting engagement is certainly no different. Provide the recruiter with references and paperwork in a timely fashion, promptly return calls and emails, and go out of your way to check in from time to time. Ask questions when they arise, and when your recruiter has questions for you, answer them with as much detail as you can. When you participate in the process you will become more invested in it, and you will strengthen your relationship with your recruiter.
If you are a job seeker looking to partner with a professional recruiter, contact OnBoard Recruitment Advisers today. We work with pros in big data, analytics, accounting and finance, healthcare, IT sales and marketing and manufacturing. Through an active partnership, we can help connect you with the right opportunity that will take your career to the next level.