6 important things to keep in mind when working with a recruiter.
The goal behind recruitment is to match the right person to the right job.
While recruiters have been around for a long time, many people have never utilized their services, have you?
Either way, this post is for you to get a better understanding of what to expect when working with a recruiter.
Before we dive in, understand that the most important thing you can do while working with a recruiter is to build trust with each other. Listen to what they have to say and whatever you do don’t contact the employer directly. The recruiter is there to help you through the process and to ultimately have you land the job.
Once you decide to work with a recruiter, keep these things in mind:
1. Recruiters have to put the company interests first and can’t always tell you everything
As the recruiter, they want to see you get hired, but if you and the company do not match in terms of wants/needs such as salary, culture, or structure that position or person may not be the right fit.
2. Keep your resume, LinkedIn, or any professional profile updated and accurate
When a recruiter reaches out to talk about a new opportunity, get in the habit of updating your resume and sending it to them as soon as possible. The quicker your name and experience gets to the client, the faster the process becomes. Delays in hiring hurt not only the client, but you.
3. Clear Communication
Be straight forward with your recruiter. Think about your salary expectations, whether relocation is truly feasible, and finally whether or not you are really interested. It is better to tell your recruiter and be on the same page then to misguide the employer into thinking your needs are something else.
4. Keep your Commitments
This goes back to trust and communication. When an interview is set up, see the process through. If after the initial meeting you realize the position is not for you, communicate that with your recruiter.
5. Don’t contact the employer directly
Once a recruiter reaches out, do not apply online. As soon as this happens, the recruiter can no longer assist you.
6. Stay in Touch
At the end of the process, thank your recruiter and stay in touch. You never know when you might need the recruiter again and ensuring positive relationships with them can help you in your career.