Two Tips for Working with a Recruiter, from a Recruiter!
Updated: Sep 12
1. Help Us Sell You to the Client
No matter how great we think you are for a role, it’s ultimately up to the client as to whether they feel the same or not. We often must work hard to promote not only you but also the value you would add to their project. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as the client feeling like you are overqualified that could cost you the job.
Trust us when we say we will fight for you and put our neck on the line if we feel like you are the right person for the job. What we need to be successful in doing this is for you to convince us of the benefits you will bring to the role. The best way to do this is by:
Giving us a breakdown of your achievements
Giving us a list of companies that you would love to work for and reasons why
Handing over as many fantastic references as you get
We can and will use this information to help secure you an interview slot.
2. Keep a Record of the Jobs You Have Been Submitted For
As a Recruiter, it is often challenging to call a consultant, explain the role that we are calling about, qualify you for the role and then find out you have already applied for or been submitted by another recruiter. We understand that at times, you have applied to several jobs and cannot always remember which ones, but it behooves both of us to keep a record.
It can also be confusing when recruiters advertise their vacancies without telling you who the actual employer is. There are reasons that recruiters will sometimes keep the employer anonymous until they are ready to submit you for a role. Sometimes, the Recruiter may not want their competitors to know who they are working with and on occasion, the employer does not want anyone to know that they are hiring. Whatever the reason, this can make dealing with multiple agencies messy and confusing at times.
By keeping a record and notes of all the agencies, job titles that you’ve applied for and dates you’ve applied, it will be easier to navigate and keep track of what jobs you are applying for and have been reached out to about. You can also keep a note of all the emails and phone calls that you make too. These strategies can eliminate feelings of pressure and allow you to make a positive impression from the start.