Ok jobseekers, we understand that finding the right job can be a tough and long road – but that’s where we come in (there are other recruitment companies, obviously – but we’re the best). Recruiters specialise in finding the perfect roles and employers for their candidates. Let them (us) do your leg work and find the roles you want. Recruiters also have access to job opportunities that may not be publicly advertised. We want to look at how you can get the most out of your recruiter and make the collaboration much more beneficial for you.

Build a strong relationship

Look at it this way, your recruiter is your partner in finding your perfect job. So working well together is your best chance of a success. How can you do this? Just remember two things; be open and be professional. Be honest by clearly communicating your skills, preferences, career goals, and what your expectations are. This way the recruiter knows exactly who you are and what you want. They won’t then waste time suggesting or applying to roles that don’t suit you. It’s also beneficial to ask their expectations of you – complete transparency in your relationship makes things a lot easier for both parties. Most importantly, be professional in all your communications and interactions.

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Create your best CV ever

It’s time to tailor your CV for each specific job opportunity. It’s key to highlight your relevant skills and experiences based on the position you are targeting. If you need help – ask your recruiter – this is their bread and butter! They can work with you to create the perfect CV that will really resonate with your target employer.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

‘To be prepared is half the victory’ that’s what they say, right? If you have an understanding of the process (which your recruiter should advise you about), you will be prepared for what’s in store. Different companies have their own way of choosing candidates, such as testing or differing types of interview formats e.g., Phone interviews, Video interviews etc. If you’re prepared for what’s to come, you’re more likely to excel.

Prepare with your recruiter

Stay in touch

It’s always good to keep in regular contact with your recruiter. They should be the ones calling you, but if it’s been a while – give them a ring, this shows your continued interest. You can request feedback on previous interviews and enquire about the next steps you should take. Even after you land your job, you can still stay in touch with your recruiter, as this could be beneficial for future career opportunities.

Have a little patience

The hiring process can take time, so you need to be patient. Remember, your recruiter is waiting too and will come back to you as soon as they can. It’s best to understand that the perfect opportunity may take a while to appear, but the key is to continue networking and working closely with your recruiter.

Give your recruiter time

Feedback is the basis of improvement

Getting rejected is the worst! However, if you didn’t get the job you interviewed for, this is when you need to talk with your recruiter. Ask them for constructive feedback; what did the interviewer think of you? What did you do right? What did you do wrong? This feedback can be valuable for improving your skills and addressing potential concerns in future interviews.

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Let them negotiate for you

Good news, you smashed it, and the job offer is on the table! This is another time when working with a recruiter works for you. You now have a professional mediator for your salary and benefit negotiations. What’s more, your recruiter will be able to provide insights into what is reasonable, ensuring a smooth negotiation process. Without them you could ask for too much and lose the job or worse, ask for too little and GET IT!

Stay professional

You landed the role, but you’ve decided not to pursue it. This doesn’t mean you switch off business mode – stay professional and communicate your decision to your recruiter. You never know when you may need the recruiter or encounter the company you’re refusing in future.

In conclusion, the key to a successful partnership with a recruiter is clear and open communication (both ways). By being proactive, responsive, and professional, your chances of finding the right job through their assistance will be increased. Also, and this is a big one, choose your recruiter wisely i.e., Call your local Major branch!