Recruiters are the middlemen who initiate and facilitate the interaction between a prospective employer and the job applicant. It’s true that for the most part, these professionals work only with companies. They may be on retainer or work on a contingency basis, or they may even be direct employees of the company.
But some recruiters can work with job applicants. So instead of a recruiter searching through numerous job applicants to fill the vacant position of a company, the recruiter can instead find you the job you’re looking for. Here are a few ways you can make this relationship work for you.
How to Work With a Recruiter to Land a Job
Understand Your Goals
What industry do you want to join, and what niche do you wish to specialize in? Which companies will you want to join, and what kind of company culture will be a good fit for you? What position are you looking for? Be ready for all these questions, as they will be among the first questions the recruiter will ask you. Don’t waste their time fumbling for answers on the spot.
Make Sure Your Resume is Current
Optimize your resume and make sure it has all the pertinent information. You may want to have several versions of your resume to send to different companies, but you need a basic template on which all the other versions will be based. Proofread the document, and make sure it looks professional and efficient.
Help Recruiters Find You
Many recruiters are like agents for actors and models. They’d rather that they discover you, instead of just sending your resumes to them. So to make sure you’re more easily found, be on LinkedIn, and create a professional website and blog. Write professional articles that can be published on other sites. Go on the question and answer sites like Quora and answer questions related to your field. These efforts give you a more visible online presence, plus you also establish your credibility and authority.
Trust Them to Do Their Job
These people are professionals, and they have the expertise and experience. Believe them when they give you tips, and don’t second-guess them on how to approach various companies. They know what they’re talking about. If they give you constructive criticism, listen to them.
Basically, be professional and courteous with recruiters. Talk to them as you would talk to a hiring manager. You want to give your best impression to recruiters, just as you would to a hiring manager or a prospective employer.
Fulfill Your Own Obligations
Your recruiter may work to arrange for an interview or a meeting for you with certain people, such as contacts and prospective employers. Try to make these meetings so your recruiter hasn’t wasted their time. If you say you’re going to a meeting, keep to your word. It’s not just your reputation on the line when you miss an appointment. Your recruiter looks and too, and they won’t appreciate the disservice.
In the end, once you have a job arranged by a recruiter, try to keep in touch. Perhaps you can send them an email about how you enjoy your new job or send them a heads up on open positions in your company. Who knows, maybe in a few years you may need that recruiter again, and it’s not wise to burn your bridges when you don’t have to.
Also, here are 10 Steps Guide To Working With Recruiters