The job market is more competitive than
ever, great career opportunities are hard to find and even harder to land. Employers
are looking for talented people with the skills and smarts to succeed and they
are being more selective than ever. Working
with a recruiter is one way to increase your chance of finding a great job.
While working with a recruiter clearly offers a number of advantages, it
requires some work and patience on the part of the job seeker. Understanding
how to navigate the do's and don'ts of working with recruiters can help you get
the most out of your recruiter relationship, and ultimately lead to the best
outcome; a great job and improved career opportunities!
It is important for you to ensure you have partnered up with the right
recruiter. Often times, it’s best to select a recruiter that specializes in
your industry because they will have a better understanding of the trends in
that specific market. Make sure you have some questions written down to help
you evaluate if this is the partnership for you.
Here are some suggestions.
• How long have you been in the recruitment industry? This will give you an
idea of the knowledge and work experience of the recruiter.
• Now that you know a little more about me, is there a specific job you have in
mind for me?
• What kinds of hiring trends are you currently seeing in my field?
• Do you help candidates prepare for interviews?
• After today, when can I expect to hear from you again?
• On average, how quickly do the candidates you work with find a new position?
• How long have you worked with some of your client companies?
Your recruiter is meeting with you to clearly
understand and define your goals and aspirations in order to;
a) Help source your next opportunity, and
b) Provide you with advice, recommendations
and referrals that will assist you in your search.
It is imperative that you provide your
recruiter with genuine information about what you do and don't want and openly
discuss your motivations and career history.
Know your experience
Keep in mind that the recruiter is meeting with you to get to know and
understand what makes you unique in terms of your skills and experience. Before
you go into the meeting, glance through your resume. Think about some of the
most important projects you have worked on in your previous job(s), what you
liked and didn’t like about each job or task. Remember to acknowledge some of
the biggest challenges you’ve faced and how you overcame them in each role.
One of the best ways to make your
recruiter’s job easier is to evaluate the impact you had in previous roles.
Recruiters want to hear about what you’ve done and how you did it, but
understanding the big picture and the impact of your work is also vital. It’s
important for your recruiter to know this information to help them sell you at
a potential new employer.
The right connections
Because recruiters work closely and on a daily basis with hiring companies, you
stand a better chance at being chosen out of the many candidates who applied
for the position. In presenting your CV to the employer, the recruiter
has unique insights into the company and is able to presents your skills and
If you work with a specialized recruiter,
they will know dozens (hopefully hundreds) of hiring managers who work within
your field. If you don’t get the first position you are interviewed for,
your recruiter will likely have a few more in mind or know of several more that
will open up in the future. Recruiters sometimes gets exclusive vacancies; they
get job specs from these hiring companies even before the job gets advertised.
So you will have a head start.
Additional insights into the company
Because the recruiter is familiar with the hiring company, they will be able to
tell if you will fit into the company's culture, work well with the employer
and be able to cope in their kind of work environment. They can give you
valuable information regarding the interviews process, the type of interview
style and some questions they might ask you. This will help you walk into the
interview with confidence and well prepared on what to expect.
We spend half of our waking hours at our
work place, so make sure you select your next job carefully. Partnering up with
the right recruiter will give you an advantage, save you time and help connect
you with the right potential employers in your industry.
Communicate Recruitment is a recruitment
agency with consultants specialising in finding Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering
jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply
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