Job Seeker: How to utilize your recruiter the right way!

December 21st, 2011 | Job Search | No Comments »

Finding a new career opportunity can be frustrating, but working with a recruiter can help take some stress off your shoulders. Once you’ve found a good recruiter to help you, it is important to maintain a good relationship with them. When there is a positive connection between you and your recruiter, the better the outcome will be. Here are a few basic rules:

Two heads are better than one. – Basically, your recruiter is your second head. They are devoted to finding you a position that will be your best fit in a great company. Does that goal sound familiar? Most likely, that is exactly what you want as well. In aiming for the same goal, it is best to create a partnership. They are here to help you, so keep lines of communication open. Ask any questions you have, and always return their phone calls and emails.

Tell them the good, bad and ugly. – As difficult as it may sometimes seem, the more information you give your recruiter, the better insight they will gain. This even includes any details you may typically avoid, like what you did during your 3 month gap of unemployment or what your current salary is. Also, give honest and detailed feedback about any interviews your recruiter send you on – even if you disliked the company or are afraid you messed up. Remember, you both have the same goal, so every piece of information helps.

Honesty is the best policy! – Holding information from your recruiter will only hurt you in the long run. Recruiters are here to help you, and they value someone who is being honest. For example, it may be tempting to embellish how well you know a certain skill set, but any technical screening a company may conduct will reveal the truth. Or, if at any stage in the process you land another interview or receive a job offer for somewhere else, tell your recruiter. This will give them a good direction of what you’re looking for, should you continue to use their services. Plus, it helps save both their and your time.

As long as you follow these basic guidelines, your relationship with the recruiter will be strong, and great opportunities will follow. Just remember that they are here to help you. Good Luck!

-By Layla Nourahmadi