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Candidates: Getting the Most Out of Your Recruiter

September 12, 2019
Your recruiter could easily be working with 100 different candidates across various positions, while simultaneously managing demanding leaders who want the jobs filled—fast. And so, when they meet an applicant who impresses the heck out of them, and who makes their job easier, they’ll advocate for that person. Follow our guide to getting the most out of your relationship with your recruiter and ultimately land your dream job.
Tips for Job SeekersCandidates: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Recruiter

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Recruiter

Connecting with a recruiter can make all the difference when searching for a new job. This is because there are many benefits of working with a staffing agency. They have the potential to help open doors to your dream company, provide input, and coach you on what works and doesn’t work during interviews for a specific client — all things that can be extremely valuable during your job search.

But exactly how do you build that relationship so that can get the most out of your time with a recruiter?

1. Be honest.

Recruiters appreciate honesty on all fronts, from your work experience to whether or not you are working with other recruiters. They understand that you’re in the market to get a job and that you’ll likely have eggs in various baskets.

If you have other offers or if the job presented is not your top pick, let us know so we can see if there is a way to correct the situation or find something which would be a better option.

Recruiters will respect you for your honesty. It’s also a small world out there, and you don’t want to leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth by withholding the truth.

2. Know your goals.

What is your niche? What type of company culture is a good fit for you? What is your dream position? What companies would you love to work for? Answering these types of questions will help you secure the right recruiter for your career goals. Also, the clearer you are, the easier it will be for a recruiter to identify the right job fit for you.

3. Be courteous and respectful.

Like anyone, recruiters want to work with people they like. Treat them with respect and be polite when interacting with them. Also, keep in mind that recruiters have full calendars because they are helping many people like you land jobs. Be respectful of their time by keeping communications brief and to the point and don’t inundate them with phone calls and emails.

Tip: Treat conversations with recruiters as if they are interviews with hiring managers. The way you communicate with your recruiter is an indication of how you will represent yourself with a hiring manager, and you want that impression to be positive and professional.

4. Follow through with commitments.

If a recruiter has scheduled an interview or meeting for you and you’ve agreed to attend, follow through. It reflects poorly not only on yourself but also on the recruiter if you don’t.

5. Keep in touch.

In some cases, a recruiter can become a lifelong career advocate. You never know when you might be in search of a new job, so if you click with your recruiter, make an attempt to stay in touch with him or her for the long term. This can be as simple as an email every six months to remain on their radar. This also gives you an opportunity to offer up referrals and possibly help a colleague or friend out, as well.

It’s a competitive job market out there, and recruiters can help you navigate it. Put these tips to use to create a partnership that will help you land your next job.

Looking for a job? We can help! Upload your resume online with our recruitment agency to be considered for all of our newest job openings. Our talented recruiters can assist with anything from job searching to advice, and will reach out as soon as new positions get posted. Consider this your first step in finding the right fit for you!