How to get the most our of your relationship with your recruitment consultant.
Before working in recruitment myself, I had no idea how much easier using a recruitment agency could make a job search – I had never used one before, much to my now regret!
Your recruitment consultant really will go above and beyond for you, if you let them, and if you do some things for them in return. Outlined below are some tips on how to get the best out of your relationship with your recruitment consultant. Follow these steps and you could land your dream job sooner than expected, or at the very least have on your side a trusty ally with a wealth of industry know-how at their fingertips.
Your recruitment consultant will become your new best friend while you’re working together, you’ll speak a lot during your job hunt and the better you let us get to know you, the easier our job is. The more you open up and share with your recruiter, the better your rapport will be with them. This will ensure you sit at the forefront of their mind and will work massively in your favour when new jobs come into the agency. The better your rapport with your consultant, the more likely they are to share extra tips, industry knowledge and advice with you.
We need to know who you are so that we can ‘sell’ you to our clients as best we can. A lot goes on behind the scenes that you might not be aware of – it isn’t just a case of sending your CV over and that’s that. There’s usually more leg work, a ‘sales pitch’ as it were, done by your consultant to get you that interview. For us to do this successfully, we need to know as much about you as possible: what you’re good at, your biggest achievements etc. The better we know you, the more we can help, so show us your best side and tell us about what you bring to the table!
Listen to us, let us instruct you and trust our expertise. It’s in our interest to help you find a role that makes you happy and you want to stay in for the long haul, so our advice and instructions are only ever going to be geared towards that goal. Let us coach you on how to write a CV (we look at hundreds a day!), how to present yourself at an interview and how to deal with certain situations. Take our feedback, positive or negative, onboard – we really are only trying to help.
Be open with your consultant about other opportunities you have in the pipeline, offers on the table, agencies you’re working with and positions you’ve applied for. Be honest about what you think of a potential role (we really won’t mind if you’re not interested), tell us how you’re feeling about an offer, or any concerns you have. We can’t help or advise you properly if we don’t know what you’re really thinking. While you should highlight your strong points, don’t exaggerate or lie on your CV, to us or to prospective employers. You could end up being put forward for a role you’re ill-suited to or going to an interview you’re not prepared for. Honesty really is the best policy when it comes to job hunting!
While recruiters are happy to do registrations via video call where necessary, there really is no substitute for meeting face to face. Meeting in person allows us to take in the whole package – your body language, how you present yourself and just generally makes you so much more memorable to us. This enables your consultant to promote you to their clients to the best of their ability.
Don’t make your consultant feel like a desperate suitor after a first date, leaving voicemail after voicemail to no avail. Companies’ hiring processes can be incredibly fast-paced, and painfully slow at the same time. We often won’t hear from a client for weeks at a time, and then all of a sudden they’ll want to schedule interviews for the next day. We need to be able to get hold of you quickly, and if we can’t, you will unfortunately miss out on opportunities.
Following these tips and ensuring you have the best relationship possible with your recruitment consultant will stand you in good stead when it comes to finding your next role. This relationship works two-ways, and if you do these things for us, we really will go the extra mile for you; whether it’s helping you prep for an interview, giving you inside tips on how to really get on a client’s good side or advising you on tricky situations that may arise during your job search. A good recruiter really can be your biggest asset in your job search, so it’s a relationship well worth working at.