In the first episode of our Back to Basics series, Morson has put together a helpful guide to working with recruiters.
Working with a recruiter to find your next role can be the most efficient way to find your next job. However, there are a number of points to consider to make sure you get the most out of the recruiter that you are working with.
MAKE WHAT YOU CAN OFFER AND WANT YOU WANT REALLY CLEAR
The first most important factor to get right is to explain where you currently are in your career and be specific about your next steps. Make sure the recruiter knows firstly what skills and experience you have in your field and secondly, what new role you are looking for. This includes details such as your salary expectations, the scope of the role, location and type of company etc.
By making all of the above information clear from day one, you avoid the risk of wasting the recruiters and most importantly, your own time.
Good communication during the recruitment process is key. Make sure you reply to all emails, return calls and keep the recruiter updated on your situation. You never know, that missed call may be the ticket to your new job!
TRUST THEIR EXPERTISE
Recruiters are job search experts, they know all of the tricks and have just the right amount of intuition to help you make a great connection. Many recruiters have been working in their industry for a long time and are therefore experts in their field.
Recruiters look at hundreds of CVs every week so they know what to look for in a good CV. Trust their advice and consider any improvements that they suggest.
A good recruiter will be there for you up until you secure your new job, so helping you prep for your interview is part of that process. Combined with your own personal preparation, listen to what they have to say and take their advice.
Additionally, if you feel you need any further help, just ask!
DOS AND DON’TS
Overall there are some fundamental dos and don’ts to keep in mind when working with a recruiter:
- Communicate efficiently with your recruiter.
- Give feedback and expect to receive feedback.
- Have an idea of what you are looking for before you get in contact.
- Be open to their suggestions.
- Take constructive criticism personally.
- Waste the recruiters time.
- Don’t fabricate information about your experience and CV.
Now you're ready to put these tips into practice!