Tips on Building a Relationship with Your Recruiter

These days it seems that recruitment companies can play quite a big part in securing your next job. With so many people using sites like LinkedIn these days, recruiters can track people down based on a particular set of skills and experience.

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You might not even be considering a new role, and then you get approached by someone, with a position that sounds appealing.

Jobs in the medical and computer field seem in particularly high demand and if you have either of those sets of skills, you’re likely to find work in no time.

A good recruiter can help you achieve your goals and land your dream position. While you still have to do your best during the interview, they’ll do their best to make you stand out from the rest and get you scheduled for an interview.

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Before they can get this done, there needs to be a level of trust between you and them so that they can put forward your application confidently. If you’re honest about your background and disclose any black marks on your employment history, time off, or anything else that might get picked up, at least they won’t be caught off-guard if the employer catches these details and asks about them. The most important thing is not to waste anyone’s time – your included, because, let’s face it, none of us have enough of it.

To make sure that you have the best relationship with your recruiter, below are some tips to keep in mind:

  • You need to ask questions. Working with a recruiter is a two-way street, and they shouldn’t just be the ones asking questions. You also need to do your part asking about their background, such as their qualifications, placement track record, and their experience in the field. There are recruiting agencies like that can take care of your application. However, it’s your job to ask about the clients they hire for, as well as the practice settings for which they’re looking for applicants.
  • Honesty is still the best policy. Your recruiter can’t help you if they don’t have all the details on hand. You need to be frank about your career goals, so they’ll know which opportunities to let you know about. Let them know if you have any malpractice or legal issues, and make sure you submit an updated CV and letters of recommendation from credible sources.
  • Be professional. A recruiter gets you one step closer to the job you’ve always dreamt of. Respect goes both ways, and you can show it by proofreading all the documents you send them and replying as soon as you can when they ask for requirements to submit to the employer. Again, they won’t be able to do anything for you if they don’t have all the information they need.
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  • Don’t badger them. You won’t get anywhere if you don’t show eagerness; however, there’s a limit to how much you can badger a recruiter for a follow-up. If you don’t hear from them after a few days of submitting your application, or you know that the deadline’s already passed, you can chase it up with them for an update. If they don’t reply, give it a few more days before sending another email.
  • Clean your social media posts. Recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates. With almost all information available online, a quick Google search can show your last weekend’s binge drinking, which can put you at the bottom of the pool of candidates.

Opportunities sometime knock on your door, but most of the time you’ll have to look for them. To make it easier, work with a recruiter so they can let you know of job openings you can apply for.

Good luck!

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