When you want professional help finding a new job that’s right for you, a professional recruiter is a great way to go. They know who’s hiring in the area, how to get your foot in the door and can even offer you career tips and guidance.
However, in order to make the most of your relationship with a recruiter from a recruitment firm, you need to avoid a few common mistakes. Here’s a look at them:
Not being honest.
Your recruiter is on your side and wants to make the best match possible between you and a potential employer. However, if you’re not honest with them about your skills, abilities and what you’re looking for in a new job, then the relationship is not going to work out well. Instead, make sure you’re upfront about your strengths and shortcomings, as well as what you’d like to find in a new job and what’s a deal-breaker for you.
Just because you’re working with a recruiter doesn’t mean you should treat them any differently than a hiring manager. Make sure you’re on time for calls and interviews, respond promptly to emails and texts, and always be prepared to talk about your skills, abilities and experiences. If you’re going into their office for an interview, wear a suit and treat it just like an interview with an employer.
Getting defensive about feedback.
Recruiters work with candidates and employers day in and out. They know what companies want in new hires and how to secure a new position with the right-fit one. If they offer you guidance on your resume, your interview skills, or another aspect of your performance, take it to heart. Don’t get defensive. They’re simply trying to help you, so you land the job you want in the future.
Contacting them too much.
A reputable recruiter will explain the next steps and how often they will be in contact. If you have an interview, then follow up with them after and let them know how it went. If you haven’t heard from them in a while, then check-in. But don’t call, email or text them every day to find out what they know and if they’ve gotten any news. They are professionals and will contact you in a timely manner.
Focusing too much on money.
Of course, you want to know what potential job opportunities offer in terms of pay and benefits. But this shouldn’t be your prime focus. If it is, you’ll raise a red flag with the recruiter. During their initial conversations with you, they’ll ask you about your salary requirements and won’t connect you with opportunities that don’t fit with what your skills and abilities are worth.
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Turn to the recruiters at Encadria Staffing Solutions. We can work with you to find out about your skills, experience and career goals and match you with great jobs at top employers. Search jobs now to get started!