It’s Not Candidate vs. Recruiter
When seeking new employment, it’s sometimes easy to feel as though you’re going through the experience alone. It’s a competitive world, and even though you may occasionally speak to colleagues about your job search, you’re probably used to flying solo. However, it can be extremely helpful to have a helping hand or a little assistance from someone who knows the ropes. Depending on how long you’ve been on the hunt for a new job, you’ve probably considered seeking out a recruiter. While some people prefer to make the journey along, reaching out to a recruiter can help to make your job search more effective, and may even help you land your dream position sooner than you expected. Like any relationship, the relationship between a job seeker and recruiting professional must be carefully nurtured. Here are a few tips to working with a recruiter in order to make the most of your experience:
Be Honest – The best relationships are those build on a solid foundation of mutual trust and respect, and this is no different in the case of a candidate and recruiter. Take time to explain all of your needs and objectives to your chosen recruiting professional and heed their advice in return.
Don't Get Clingy - If you pester your recruiting professional too much, this will reflect badly. They will contact you when there is information to share.
Dress to Impress - Your recruiter will judge your appearance in much the same way as your potential new employer. Make sure you're dressed in crisp, clean professional attire at every meeting.
Be Faithful – Using more than one recruiter at a time may seem efficient, but it will reflect poorly on you as a candidate. Working with several professionals at once can get confusing, and it's also a little like cheating. Recruiters are all competing with each other to fill positions – it’s how they get paid. It’s only fair that you utilize the services of one recruiter at a time.
Be Courteous – Send thank you notes, birthday cards and always be friendly, professional and, above all, be on time! Go the extra mile and be the shining star. After all, that’s the best way to be remembered. By winning over your recruiter, you’re more likely to earn their confidence. If your recruiter believes in you, it won’t be long until their clients believe in you too.