Navigating a competitive job market in your chosen field can be a daunting task.
Luckily, recruiting firms are a wonderful asset to keep in your back pocket for your next job hunt. They can help provide you with the right resources and industry connections to aid you in your climb to the top of “desired new hires” at the company of your dreams.
TopResume released a list of helpful hints to get the most out of your working relationship with a recruiter. How else can you make a recruiter work for you while in turn fostering a career long-lasting symbiotic relationship? Experts at TopResume share the following helpful advice.
“When you’re searching for a new job, working with a skilled recruiter can make all the difference. A recruiter can help open doors to your dream company, provide input on your marketing materials, and coach you on what works and doesn’t work during interviews for a specific client — all things that can be extremely valuable during your job search.
You may seek out a recruiter yourself or a recruiter may seek you out if you seem like a fit for one of their job openings. No matter how you end up working with a recruiter, the following tips are intended to guide you on how to foster a positive relationship and get the most out of your partnership.”
Let’s look at some more expert tips.
1. Update your resume frequently
Most recruiting firms don’t contact you before seeing a current resume. You may want to hop on over to LinkedIn to make sure your resume reflects your most up to date career milestones. This will make it easier for recruiters to sell your strengths for the position you’re going for. TopResume even offers professional resume writers to ensure you get noticed.
2. Know your career goals
Ask yourself where you see yourself in 5 years, I’m not kidding. Do you have a niche brand or industry that interests you? What is your dream job? What would an ideal company culture or independent workspace look like to you? When you were a kid did you always feel like you could lend an ear to almost anyone and they could come to you with any problem? Maybe therapy is your calling! It’s important to ask yourself those big questions and form some sort of mission statement for your career goals to communicate these ideas directly to your recruiter so they can find the perfect fit for your unique goals and personality.
3. Follow through with commitments
Recruiters have a large pool of clients they work with, usually across different time zones. It’s important that when you schedule an interview or meeting that you stick to those appointments. If you don’t follow through with expectations this could leave a poor impression upon the recruiter and lead them to doubt the validity of your desire to follow through at the company they may potentially set you up with. Don’t make yourself or other recruiters look unprofessional by flaking on responsibilities.
4. Offer transparency to help recruiters help you
Be completely upfront about your entire work history. Recruiters serve as the middleman to help you bridge any confusing gaps in your work history to help you appear more desirable to the client they are working with. Keep in mind the more they know, the more of your marketable skills they can capitalize on to improve your optics and secure your next lucrative career move.
5. Be polite
Career builders over at TopResume highly recommend this advice for a great relationship between you and your recruiter.
“Treat conversations with recruiters as if they are interviews with hiring managers. The way you communicate with your recruiter is an indication of how you will represent yourself with a hiring manager, and you want that impression to be positive and professional.”
This includes not overwhelming them with communication such as too many emails or calls, be mindful they have a lot of other clients and be kind and patient to trust that they are doing everything in their power to help you build a new working relationship with their client. They understand the personal needs of many companies, be patient and you’ll see great results.
6. Ask for constructive criticism
Don’t be afraid to ask recruiters for advice on how to better market your strengths and where you could use some improvement. This will only help serve you in the long run since most recruiters are veterans in understanding the markets you’re trying to break into. If you have problem areas to polish in your career they can most likely guide you to seminars, classes, or other folks in the field that could give you some sound advice. Connect with them on LinkedIn and check out their career path to see where you can pick up some valuable new skills based on their career trajectory. Fostering relationships with professionals in your desired field is invaluable.
7. Keep in touch throughout your career
Be sure to maintain contact with your recruiter even after you landed your new job. They can be life long career advocates and even help you and other colleagues you like gain access to better positions in the future. Career experts recommend sending an email every 6 months to keep them up to date on everything you’re doing in the field.
This can be anything from sharing published features on your work, conferences you are attending (that they may be interested in as well), and how you’ve taken what you’ve learned in your field to give back to the community.