A recruiter is an excellent tool to have at your disposal. They have access to unadvertised job openings, and a direct line to hiring managers at respected companies. They work to find you a job, but never forget that this is a professional relationship, not a personal one. Here are some tips about how to get the most out of your recruiting experience:
- Make sure you find a recruiter who can actually help you, someone who works in the same field or with the same skill sets that you have.
- Know what you want. You’ll be wasting your time and your recruiter’s if you don’t give serious thought to your salary requirements and overall career goals before you step into his or her office.
- When preparing for your first meeting with a recruiter, treat it like a job interview. You both need to see if you’re a good fit for one another. Don’t be too casual.
- Arrive early so you’re relaxed and don’t feel like you have to rush.
- Dress appropriately. Not only do you want to make a good first impression, but it helps your recruiter to evaluate your interview skills.
- Bring your resume, and be prepared for possible changes your recruiter may want to make to it. Make sure to get a copy of your updated resume if this happens!
- Prepare yourself for feedback. Your recruiter may make comments about your attire, your demeanor, or any other aspect of your interview skills. Don’t take this personally. Your recruiter is just trying to make you a better candidate.
- When your recruiter starts setting you up on job interviews, be on your best behavior. This is not only for your own sake, but also your recruiter’s. He is putting his reputation on the line by offering you as a candidate.
- Stay in touch at least once a month, or more often if needed. If your salary requirements or your resume change, make sure to keep your recruiter in the loop.
Do you need a recruiter in your corner? Contact a specialist at Contemporary Staffing Solutions today to get started with one!