Five Ways to Make Working with an Agent a Success

June 21st, 2013

For today’s job seeker, working with the right recruiting agent can mean the difference between simply finding a job – and finding your dream job. So, what can you do to make sure this happens?

Find a Specialist

Look for a recruiter who specializes in your field. Industry-specific agents have the inside knowledge and professional contacts to help you land interviews, and build the resume and supporting tools to succeed.

Build a “Win-Win” Relationship

1. Once you’ve found the right agent for you, use these steps to nurture this key relationship and ultimately capture that career brass ring:1When it comes to your goals and expectations, honesty is the best policy.

  • Let your agent know what’s most important to you, whether it’s career growth, compensation, location, benefits, or other aspects of your next job.
  • Tell the truth. Emphasize your strengths, but don’t exaggerate your credentials or accomplishments.
  • Never go around your recruiter and directly approach the employer. This is a breach of ethics and will likely not end well.

2. Ask questions. A good recruiter will have the answers.

  • What company is he or she recruiting for? If they can’t tell you, it may be a confidential search. But if they can reveal this information, find out as much about the organization as you can.
  • What are the job requirements? Ask for a job description. Work with your agent to see how you best fill the bill.
  • How many other candidates are there?
  • What is the hiring timetable and process? For instance, will there be telephone and/or personal interviews? And how long will it all take?
  • How long has the job been open? Is it a new job? If not, what happened to the last person who held the position?

3. Be accessible and responsive to your recruiter.

  • Check in with your agent regularly. You’re a team and you need to feel and work like one.
  • Stay involved and provide feedback following interviews and at other appropriate points.
  • If you feel a job is not a good match for you, let your recruiter know. This is helpful feedback for both of you.

4. Commit to work with your recruiter through the entire job search process – from initial contact and resume development through interviewing, negotiating and onboarding with your new employer.

5. Develop an ongoing rapport with your agent. The experience should be positive for everyone involved – including you, your recruiter and the company he or she represents.

Your successful candidate/recruiter relationship can be summed up in a single word: communication. Make ongoing two-way dialogue the basis of your strategy as you work with your agent – aka your coach, your guide, your support system and your ally.

Contact Select Group today and we can help you take your next career search step.

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