5 Things to Keep in Mind When Working with Recruiters

Candidates contacted by recruitment agencies often have questions about the nature of that particular business relationship.  We’d like to help by offering some advice.

  1. Make sure you are working with a skilled, experienced recruiter.

If a recruiter is dishonest, manipulative, or desperate, do not partner with him or her. This also includes recruiters who will not communicate professionally or who seem to know very little of your industry. These are red flags, not marks of a skilled and experienced recruiter.

  1. Understand that recruiters are usually hired by companies.

When you are contacted by a recruiting consultant or if you are considering inquiring with a recruitment agency, keep in mind that recruiters are hired by companies. Recruiters search for quality candidates who are the best fit for their clients, the businesses who hired them.

Quality recruiters will be honest and upfront about the opportunities and timelines in which they would like to involve you, but it’s important to remember that they are not under contract to match you to a job, but rather to match a candidate to a company.

  1. Go back to the basics.

Basic business courtesies may seem obvious, but they should not be ignored if you want to make the most of your recruiter-candidate relationship.  Being on-time, prepared, and professional is important, whether you’re preparing for a preliminary phone or video meeting or at a final in-person interview. Meeting with a recruiter could be your first interview with your future employer (should you progress through the hiring process), so take the time to ensure a good first impression.

  1. Recruiters can help with networking.

Recruiters can be valuable assets to candidates currently job searching (or who will be job searching in the future), even if candidates are not a strong match for companies currently employing a recruiter. Maintaining a good relationship with a recruitment consultant can keep you in the running for future open positions.

Networking in this way will only prove profitable to candidates who are honest and professional in their dealings with recruiters. Be open with recruiters about your interest level in a position; don’t oversell your willingness to change jobs or move if you aren’t ready to follow through. Lying to recruiters about your qualifications will only hurt you in the long run, so be honest. Recruiters are unlikely to recommend candidates who have misled them in the past.

  1. Recruiters can help with job hunting, even if they don’t have a position open for you.

Recruiters can also be a great source of information, whether it’s a simple tip on updating your résumé or insight into what experience is most sought-after in a current field, advice from a seasoned recruiter is worthwhile. Without being obnoxious, it’s okay to check in with a recruiter from time to time, as they will be aware of any changes in the job market and could have suggestions for your search.

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