Make yourself easy to find:
When it comes to recruiters, they are more likely to reach out to you. Be sure to make yourself visible. Whether this is by posting your most up to date CV online, having an active and up to date LinkedIn profile and you could also try and attend professional events such as job fairs in your area.
Know your goals:
What kind of role are you looking for? What is your niche? What kind of company are you looking to work for? Do you know where you see your career going in the future? The clearer you are, the better. This will help you find the right recruiter and help the recruiter find you the right role.
Keep your CV recent:
It’s likely that any recruiter you speak to will ask to see your CV before they meet you. It’s important to keep your CV up to date with all relevant skills and jobs you’ve done. This will make it easier for recruiters to find the right kind of role for you. The clearer you are the better for yourself, the recruiter and the possible new company.
Be courteous and polite:
Recruiters want to work alongside people they like, remember to treat them with the same respect and politeness you would anyone else you work with. Also, bear in mind that they will have full calendars due to helping others find their perfect role too. Be respectful of their time as they are trying their best to help you. Might be worthwhile trying to keep conversations with recruiters short and sweet, but making sure you are always making your point. The last thing you both want is to be inundated with phone calls and emails from each other.
Follow through on commitments:
If you have a meeting or interview scheduled. Be sure to make it happen. If you don’t show up or answer any correspondence, it reflects poorly on not only you, but the recruiter too. They have spent time and effort building a relationship with you and the company they have reached out to for you. You don’t want to dampen this for you both by not attending any meeting or interview.
Trust the recruiter to do their job:
You will find that most recruiters have the expertise and knowledge to help navigate your job search. They will also have relationships with the clients they work alongside, as well as knowing what their needs are. They know what they are talking about, so give them your trust to help guide you in the right direction. They aren’t going to put you forward for a role that doesn’t suit your needs or wants.
Help recruiters help you:
Don’t hold back on any job related information. Don’t be afraid to share information with them that you think you may need to hide. If you have held several positions in a short space of time, let them know why, for example if they have been temporary contracts. If you have any gaps in your employment, explain why. This will be helpful for the recruiter when passing your information onto potential employers.
Keep the contact after finding a job:
It’s likely they will check in with you after you are offered a job to make sure you are happy and they have done all they can to help. In many cases, a recruiter is someone you will always be able to rely on. You never know when you will be in the search for a new job and need some help. If you click with your recruiter or build any kind of relationship. Make an attempt to keep that relationship going. Do what you can to keep that relationship strong, as you never know when you, or someone you know might need a hand.
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