Job hunting can be a lonely, daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Partner with a recruiter and you’ll have an expert on your team to guide you and vouch for you while you gain access to opportunities you would miss on your own. Here are some tips to ensure that your partnership with a recruiter is a solid one.
Have your resume ready. Better yet, email your resume to the recruiter or staffing agency before your initial meeting to give the recruiter time to review your work history and skills. Be open to critiques and, most importantly, take notes so that you can implement the resume suggestions after the conversation.
Find a recruiter that you trust. In order to find the ideal job for you, your recruiter will ask you to share details about your work history, personality, and dreams for the future. It’s important that you feel comfortable during this process.
Be open. Answer questions honestly and share all details about your job search, including if you are working with other recruiters to avoid the possibility of double submitting for a job. (Side note: a recruiter should never put you in the running for a job without consulting you first.) If there are special circumstances surrounding your job search, tell your recruiter. These professionals deal with hundreds of applicants and understand discretion.
Consider all opportunities. As your recruiter gets to know you, have trust that your recruiter will contact you with jobs that might interest you. Keep an open mind and be willing to consider all options, even contract work. Contract opportunities can often lead to full-time positions.
Know your hourly rates. Should you consider a contract position, you’ll need to have an hourly rate range in mind. Your hourly rate as a contractor is typically more than it would be as a full-time employee. You can consult with your recruiter to determine the best range for you – with your education, experience, and industry rates in mind.
Share your preferred method of communication. Let your recruiter know how you prefer to be contacted – phone, email, or text. Hot jobs can fill quickly, so you’ll want to make sure that your recruiter knows the best way to connect with you.
Keep in touch. Like any relationship, communication is crucial to success. Return messages promptly and don’t be afraid to check in. You’re not bothering your recruiter with regular phone calls or emails – maintaining consistent communication shows that you are interested and motivated.
Your recruiter’s primary job is to serve as a resource to help you land a job that you will love. Follow these tips to help them help YOU!
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