Many job seekers turn to recruiters to help them land their next position, relying on the recruiter’s experience and connection to help them gain access to coveted jobs. But, to be effective, this crucial relationship shouldn’t be left to fate, and being passive about fostering a connection isn’t an ideal approach. Instead, you should put energy into building a relationship with your recruiter. To get you started, here are four tips for establishing a better connection.
1. Choose a Recruiter Who Specializes in Your Field
While a general recruiter may be able to help you find new opportunities, a specialized recruiter will often have better access to vacancies in your field. Additionally, they are better equipped to understand the nuances of your skill set based on an increased level of experience in filling roles in similar professions. This means you will spend less time explaining how your skills apply to a particular job, as they likely already know.
2. Understand the Nature of the Relationship
Some job seekers assume that recruiters effectively work for them, treating them like an employee they can instruct. In reality, a recruiter is a partner in your search, but they are compensated by the companies that choose to use their services to fill a vacancy, which factors into their decisions.
If they are hesitant to recommend you for a particular position, they likely have a reason why. Demanding they submit your resume anyway isn’t going to go over well. Instead of issuing demands, communicate with your recruiter about why you believe you are suitable for the role and listen to their feedback. Ultimately, they want to find a match where you’ll be successful, as that meets both your and the employer’s needs, so be open to their recommendations.
3. Don’t Circumvent the Process
While you can certainly conduct job search activities on your own, it isn’t wise to bypass the recruiter if they present you with an opportunity, or choose not to submit your application to a company. By circumventing them in the process, you’ll leave a negative impression on the recruiter, suggesting you don’t respect the relationship or aren’t willing to follow the rules, and this can harm your chances of being recommended in the future.
Similarly, when your resume is sent to a potential employer, communicate with your recruiter about the position, not the company itself, unless the business explicitly requests otherwise. If the organization is using a recruiter for all of their hirings, contacting them directly will decrease your odds of being selected. Plus, it suggests you don’t trust your recruiter, harming that relationship as well.
4. Be Honest
When you discuss your background with a recruiter, be completely honest regarding any information that may come up during an interview. This can include anything from your actual salary requirements, reasons for gaps in your work history, lack of skillsets or reasons for leaving positions that could preclude you from qualifying for certain jobs.
By being honest, your recruiter has the information they need to make a better match, ensuring you don’t waste time with employers who would be reluctant to go forward once these details come out.
If you are interested in working with a skilled recruiter during your job search, the professionals at Career Options want to hear from you. Contact us to speak with a recruitment specialist and learn more about our services today.