How to Work With a Recruiter

Job hunting can be a roller coaster experience, especially if you have been in a previous job for a long time. The world of job searching has changed a lot over the years, and so it can be a good idea to ask for help with finding the right role for you. One option is to ask the help of a recruiter, they are job search experts and know all the best ways to find you that ideal job. However, to get the best results, you need to work with the recruiter and give them all the information they need. Here are some of the best ways you can work with a recruiter to find your next job. 


How do Recruiters Work?

Recruiters typically work in third-party agencies called staffing or recruitment agencies. They are usually hired by large companies to do all of the recruiting work for them because they are experts at finding the right talent for the company. This also saves the company time and money, but it can also be a huge benefit to you. 

Although they are there to help the company find the right candidate, they are also able to gauge a candidate’s experience and abilities. They will often look further into a candidate’s resume than a company will, which is just what you need to find the right job. 


What Can a Recruiter Do For You?

There are many ways that a recruiter can help you, and they will always try their best to get you the job you are qualified to do. They want to match candidates to the right jobs because you both have the same goals. Here are some of the ways a good recruiter can help you:

  • They can often tell you about roles that are not listed on any job sites. Many companies won’t advertise their vacancies except to recruitment agencies. This means you will have a good advantage over others who don’t want a recruiter. 
  • Recruiters have access to many different companies and job vacancies. This means they are more likely to help you find the right job for you based on your experience and qualifications. 
  • If you think that your CV needs work, recruiters can offer you advice and help you to tweak the information to make it stand out from the others. 
  • Many people are nervous about interviews, but recruiters can help you prepare for them so you will be more confident about answering questions. 
  • If you are working with a recruiter for a while, they can get a sense of which jobs will suit you. This means when a suitable role comes along, they will be able to let you know. 
  • Feedback is essential for getting things right. Recruiters can offer such feedback on your interviews, job applications, and CV. 


Measuring Your Expectations

Recruiters are great at matching clients with candidates. However, they are not the ones that will have the final say about who gets hired. It is important to measure what your expectations are against the reality of job searching. Sometimes it can take a little while to find the job you need, and be successful. Your recruiter will always help as much as they can, and offer valuable feedback that you can use in your next application. 

Because recruitment agencies are tasked with finding candidates by companies, they will know which candidates will have the best chance of success. This means that even if you feel you are the right person for a particular job, the recruiter may know that you don’t fulfil the company’s requirements. This is why there needs to be a level of trust between the candidate and the recruiter. 


How to Work With a Recruiter

To have an effective relationship with a recruiter, you need to have the right mindset. It is like any task, the more you are willing to invest in it, the better the outcome will be. 

  • Honesty is one of the key factors in getting the right role and being successful. It is vital that you tell your recruiter as much about your working background as possible. You also need to be accurate with your skills and previous roles. If you try to embellish anything, the company will eventually find out, and you won’t get the best job for you. 
  • Another key area is communication. Recruiters won’t always tell you if they haven’t found you a vacancy at that time, but they are always willing to discuss the process with you. Likewise, you need to ensure that you are following up on calls or emails from the recruiter. They may have a job role for you, but only have a limited time to tell you. 
  • Finding the right role can sometimes take time, so it is important to be patient. Although it can seem like nothing is happening, the recruiter will be trying to match you to the best roles. 
  • Don’t be afraid of asking questions when you meet your recruiter. They are there to help you, and they will usually be able to answer any questions you have. If they can’t, they will often be able to steer you in the right direction. 

Although many people will seek the help of a recruiter when they don’t have a job, the best time is actually while you are still working. If you are looking to grow or move into another area, then contact a recruiter and see what they can do. You will feel far less pressured to get a job, and you will be able to wait until the right role comes along. 


While working with a recruiter can be intimidating at first, remember that they are there to help you as much as the companies they represent. If you see a job that interests you, please don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail or give us a call.




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