Your recruiter is your job hunt strategic partner. The relationship that you build and maintain with them is critical in terms of market intelligence, industry knowledge, and the professional contacts that will ultimately lead to your next great job.
Here are four ways to preserve and grow this relationship, which can prove valuable well beyond your current job hunt. It may, in fact, last throughout your career.
Like those in your personal life, the best professional relationships are based on trust.
Don’t lie to your recruiter. They need to know if there are any skeletons in your closet when it comes to your career – so don’t even go so far as to sugarcoat the truth.
Don’t oversell your interest in a job. If you waste time going through the motions when you don’t really want a position, you may not only hurt your relationship with your recruiter, but also damage your reputation in the industry. Word spreads fast.
Don’t go off script on salary. Part of the process of working with a recruiter is figuring out your salary range. Once you’ve agreed on it, your recruiter can seek opportunities for you. If you flip the script and request more money from a prospective employer, you both look bad.
If you’re using multiple recruiters, keep them all in the loop. You don’t have to be exclusive, but you do have to be forthcoming.
If you’re interviewing elsewhere, be upfront about it. Nobody is going to invest time and resources in you, only for you to turn around and go with a different job.
Explain rejections. For jobs that are not a good match, let your recruiter know why. This allows them to clear up any false impressions you may have and get a better understanding of what you prefer.
Your recruiter is the gatekeeper to your future position. As such, they should be treated with fairness and respect.
Let them know exactly what you’re looking for. Recruiters put their reputations on the line when they recommend you for a job. If they get burned because you have misled them, it hurts them, too.
Don’t blow them off. Whether your recruiter has a lead for you or wants your feedback on an interview, communicate with them in a timely fashion. They may be working as your agent, but feedback is a two-way street.
Practice common courtesy. Be on time for appointments and interviews. Dress appropriately. Maintain a mature, professional appearance.
Offer yourself as a candidate only when you’re serious about making a job change.
Carefully assess your situation first. Don’t call a recruiter on a whim, because you’re angry, or because you’ve had a bad day or week. A good recruiter takes their role very seriously. Your success is important to them and as such, is not to be taken lightly.
The specialized recruiters at Select Group, Inc., make finding your job, our job. We take time to understand your unique skill set, goals and values, as we connect you to your next career opportunity. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.