Getting the most from the relationship
After you’ve selected a firm, you’ll likely have an initial meeting with your recruitment consultant. Be completely honest when discussing your past remuneration and previous positions. If you resigned from your former firm after a disagreement with your supervisor, for example, be forthright about it. Withholding information from your career partner gains you nothing and limits his or her ability to fully understand your needs.
As you begin working with a recruiter, try the following suggestions to build the most productive relationship possible:
- Focus on quality, not quantity, of interviews. Some jobseekers begin to worry when their recruitment consultants do not arrange several interviews a week for them. But a high volume of interviews does not necessarily mean that the recruiter is devoting a great deal of time or effort to your search. The more experienced they are, the better able they are to judge – before you go on an interview – whether the company is likely to view you as a serious candidate. Good recruiters don’t waste your time (or their clients’) by sending you on interviews for jobs you’re not really qualified to fill.
- Be an active participant in the search. Recruiters can be a tremendous asset, but don’t expect them to do it all. It’s still your responsibility to prepare well for interviews and maintain your own networking efforts.
- Maintain communication. Keep recruiters apprised of progress in your job search, especially right after an interview. This will enable them to leverage your feedback in a follow-up call to the employer, which could lead to a second or final interview. Similarly, be forthright in communicating any changes in your career needs or availability. If you’re interviewing for other jobs that you’ve set up on your own, let recruiters know. This information can help them better understand your goals and help you streamline your search.
- In addition to these strategies, one of the best ways to strengthen your relationship with your recruiter is to be a person they enjoy calling. If you are professional, enthusiastic, considerate and quick to respond, a recruiter is more likely to call you first when there’s a suitable opening – and to feel comfortable recommending you for top assignments.
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