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Tips on working with a recruiter as a job seeker

Searching for a new career path or job can be time consuming whether it’s from having a great resume, searching through job ads or feeling unsure about the direction you want to take in your professional career. 

That’s where we come in, to walk you through the process and find the best outcome possible for you. To find you a job you love that aligns with your career dreams. 

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of partnering with a recruitment agency. 

  1. Ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the industries you are interested in and doing so you’ll find out if that recruiter has access to the kinds of jobs you are searching for. Some key questions: 

  • What kind of jobs do you have available?
  • What is the process of working together?
  • What kind of candidates do you clients look for and value?
  • What types of industries do you work with?
  • How will my information be protected?
  1. The two P’s … Professional and Prepared

When you meet with your recruiter make sure you present yourself professionally and are prepared with any appropriate documents you may need to provide such as ID and a recent copy of your resume. Spend some time thinking about what you want to gain out of the process and any clear intentions you have for wanting a particular job role. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re meeting your recruiter over coffee, in a boardroom or over zoom – aim to impress.

  1. Be Available 

Timing can be crucial in a busy job market, making sure you are available for interviews, phone calls or appointments can make a difference between you and another candidate. Be clear from the start with your recruiter about time frames of when you can commence a job as well as times you are and are not available to be contacted. Check your email (including junk folder!) and voicemail regularly to ensure a smoother process. 

  1. Be Honest

The old saying is honesty is the best policy. Be upfront and honest about what you’re looking for, who you will work for and who you won’t. Did you know that a recruiter can actively approach companies on your behalf to find out if they have any opportunities for someone like you? Therefore, being upfront about what companies and job titles interest you will help your recruiter immensely. Additionally, when you’re asked about your salary expectations, please be as accurate as possible, so we aren’t wasting your time putting you forward for opportunities that don’t meet your expectations.

  1. Be Realistic

Working your way through the ranks takes time, take the time to discuss your career progression plans with your recruiter. They can provide market advice, career advice and be your advocate to potential employers, making sure your career goals are known from the beginning of the process.

 

If you are looking for work, please get in touch and we can help find the ideal job for you!

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