Whether you’re actively seeking a job, or just want to have an established relationship with someone who can help you find new employment quickly, having a recruiter on your side can be highly beneficial. There are many advantages to working with a recruiter, including:
- Typically faster job placement
- Access to great jobs that aren’t advertised to the public
- Being referred for positions by someone who has a working relationship with employers
- Additional resources, such as help with your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills
In order to make the most of your partnership with your recruiter, there are some things you can do to make the process smoother and ensure great job placements. Here’s what you can do this year that will help your recruiter help you.
Reply to emails and phone calls
This may seem like basic common courtesy, but it’s surprising how many candidates fail to return phone calls or reply to emails from their recruiters. If you’re unresponsive, the recruiter will assume that you’re not interested in the position — and if you habitually ignore or fail to return messages, the recruiter may decide they can’t help you at all.
Recruiters have a responsibility to find great candidates for their paying clients, which are the employers they work with. If a candidate doesn’t return messages or calls in a timely manner, it’s easy to view them as irresponsible or uninterested, which are not qualities employers want.
Follow up — but not too often
It’s a good idea to stay in touch with your recruiter. Following up on job offers demonstrates interest and helps the recruiter keep track of where you are in the process, and it’s crucial to let your recruiter know when you have a job offer. You may also check in from time to time, such as once a week, if there hasn’t been any recent activity.
However, it’s not a good idea to send your recruiter six emails a day, and call two or three times, to check on a specific position or any opportunities in general. Keep in mind that your recruiter is working with multiple candidates and multiple employers, and will contact you whenever they have something relevant or actionable to share.
Take advantage of your recruiter’s resources
Most recruiters offer more than a job-matching service. Recruiters work closely with many employers, and they’re often able to share resources that will help you improve your resume and cover letter, sharpen your interviewing skills, or even get additional training to qualify for more positions.
In addition to general job-seeking resources, recruiters can provide you with assistance for specific positions. Don’t be afraid to pick your recruiter’s brain and find out as much as you can about the positions you’re being referred to, such as the responsibilities of the job, the company culture, and the employer’s preferences. This will help you perform better in the interview and increase your chances of being hired.
Make honesty your policy
The best relationships are built on trust and honesty, and that goes for the relationship between you and your recruiter. If you’re not honest about your capabilities, your expectations, and your interests, your recruiter can’t help you find the best job for you.
Always be upfront with your recruiter. Offer an accurate picture of your skills and experiences, and don’t lie about your salary in the hopes of earning more. If your recruiter offers you a position that’s not the right match for you, make sure to tell them — and in this case, you may also want to have a conversation about what you’re looking for specifically, so the recruiter can find opportunities that are better tailored to your needs.
Finally, remember that trust needs to extend both ways. Take your recruiter’s word if they tell you that you haven’t been selected for a position, or that a particular job isn’t right for you. Never go behind a recruiter’s back and talk directly to the employer — this will damage both your relationship with the recruiter, and your potential relationship with the employer.
Keep these tips in mind going forward, and you’ll enjoy a smooth and productive 2015 working with your recruiter!