As many of you know, I was a Full-Time Recruiter for 15 years prior to starting my business, so I have been on both sides of the business — recruiting candidates as well as recommending clients to my network for help in finding opportunities. I thought I would share some thoughts on how you can effectively work with a recruiter.
→ Make sure your resume is top notch before you send it. You need to make a good first impression, and you must sell yourself professionally before you will be sent to their clients. Also, make sure your LinkedIn profile has a professional photo and is professionally written. Almost every Recruiter will review your profile before engaging with you.
→ You should engage and build a relationship with 3-4 Recruiters and agencies that specialize in your sector/industry and have opportunities in your target location.
→ Recruiters can be your strongest ally and they can be instrumental in finding you your next opportunity if you build your professional relationship with them properly.
→ Make sure you are transparent on the opportunities you are interested in, salary you will accept etc…
→ Be truthful about your skills and experience. If you don’t know how to do something, it will come out in an interview when they ask detailed questions about it. You are better off to say you don’t know a skill but offer a way to learn it or reference an alternative skill that would be similar.
→ Make sure you are at least an 80% fit for a role before you send your resume to an online posting. The “just send a lot of resumes out and see if something sticks” concept is not a good approach!
→ When you engage with a Recruiter for a specific position, they need to know if you have other potential opportunities. This helps to also gently push their clients to make a faster decision if they are interested in you.
→ Let them know what companies you have already been submitted to; if you are double submitted, you can be disqualified by the client.
→ Show up to all interviews with them and with their client on time and professionally dressed.
→ Do not hesitate to ask Recruiters about their processes, as well as their client’s, so you know what to expect.
→ If you don’t hear back from a Recruiter, don’t hesitate to follow up!