Looking to progress your career? How to Make Sure You Get the Most from Your Recruiter

Looking to progress your career? How to Make Sure You Get the Most from Your Recruiter

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When it comes to finding a new job, it’s not as simple as perfecting your CV, scouring the press and various websites and then applying, although in some respects the new way to job-hunt is actually easier in a lot of ways. Now you register with an agency and let them do all the work for you. (Or do you)? Let’s answer that in a moment.

More and more businesses are using recruitment professionals to fill their vacancies, as it takes a lot of the time and stress out of their recruiting process. It also means only those really suitable for the job get through the qualification stage and on to interview; so less time is spent by the company reviewing covering letters and CVs only to find the candidate is not appropriate.

The benefits of this system for a candidate is that applicants put forward by recruitment consultants often carry more weight – meaning they have a better chance of getting at least to interview stage. Recruiters are also able to offer advice and coaching on various aspects of the recruitment process and often uncover opportunities that are not even officially available.

There is a common misconception though, that recruiters are only working on behalf of their client. Now this may be true or at least perceived as true in many cases however a good recruiter will see the candidate as a client also and will provide great support and value despite not getting paid directly by the candidate. Recruiters are paid by the hiring business however a good recruiter is ultimately seeking a win win situation for both client and candidate customer.

So as a job seeker (passive or active) how do you make sure you are getting the most value out of your recruiter?

  1. The most important thing is to build up a good relationship. That way your recruiter sees you as a person and not just another CV. They are also more likely to go that extra mile for you if they like you and take time to help you rather than just ticking their boxes. (Remember though they are not obliged to find you a job, although most will do their best to help)
  1. Don’t just sit back and let your recruiter do all the donkey work. Take responsibility for your career by helping them to help you. For example, point out the value you provide as an employee, provide information that will help position you properly and know what it is you actually want.
  1. Always listen to advice if offered, as your recruiter is likely to know the hiring business better than you and what the hiring team are looking for. If appropriate, be willing to take on board their advice. Often candidates know most of the advice being offered by the recruiter but it’s always good to have it re-enforced.
  1. Be willing to take advice on your CV and covering letter, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Recruiters read thousands of CV’s and probably know a thing or two about how to present yourself effectively see (Turbo charge your CV in 7 steps).
  1. If you want your recruiter to be committed to helping you, be prepared to commit some loyalty to them. A period of time dealing with them exclusively will usually yield greater value
  1. Treat your recruiter as you would like to be treated. Need I say more?
  1. Finally, make sure you both know exactly what it is you’re looking for and where your aspirations lay. As long as you know, you can make it clear and concise for your recruiter. By keeping everything simple, there is no room for confusion – so as soon as a job comes up which is suited to you, they can act for you. Likewise, if your aspirations, expectations or circumstances change, make sure you tell them, as that way there will be no time wasted on jobs you’re not interested in.