Looking for a job can sometimes seem like a daunting idea. Between the resume and cover letter writing, networking and research, finding a job can seem like a full-time job in itself. But many people have found that by building a strong relationship with a recruiter, they can fully take advantage of any job opportunities that come their way, according to the CPL Blog.
However, before you can build a true relationship with a recruiter, you'll need to know exactly what the individual's role is in your job search. It's widely believed that a recruiter simply connects a company with an open position to a job seeker looking for employment. But in reality, much more goes into the process, and recruiters must be able to learn which skills and qualities a candidate has to offer, and match these with specific needs from a firm.
Avoid the assumption that you can just call a recruiter and immediately be placed in a job. A successful placement requires getting to know a recruiter, and vice versa.
The blog also pointed out that it's crucial to understand that recruiters won't blindly place candidates in positions they may not be suited for. When a company uses a staffing agency, an immediate trust goes into effect that the company will receive the best candidate for the job, making it imperative for agencies to do their homework before placing a candidate. Recruiters also have experience learning what makes a candidate great, taking the pressure off the company that needs a new hire.
It's for these reasons that recruiters often conduct competency-based interviews before an actual interview, which is a perfect time for you to both detail what it is, exactly, you have to offer, and learn what you may need to improve to get a job. Because of this relationship, in which the recruiter guides you through the process and helps you uncover what could be the best career move, it often feels like a staffing company is a kind of job search mentor.
Whether it's mock interviews or advice on how to answer the hardest interview questions, these companies can be invaluable during the search.
Three tips for building the relationship
Now that you know the importance for building a rapport with your recruiter, here's how to do it: First, know what you're getting into. Take the time research the position you're hoping for, and know all of the job expectations, requirements and responsibilities. Ultimately, you should be able to include all the necessary information on your resume to convey that you truly have the skills for the job.
The next thing to remember is to always be honest, and make yourself as human as possible. This may mean calling a recruiter, as opposed to just emailing them, and being honest about your goals and expectations of your job hunt. Be sure to explain to your recruiter all information from your previous employment experiences, and be completely honest about any gaps in your resume and salary expectations.
Finally, the blog advises, be sure to sell yourself as you'd sell a product. If you sell yourself to an agency, it's that much easier for the recruiter to turn around and sell you to a company. No talent, experience, knowledge or achievement is too little to talk about with your recruiter.
According to The Wall Street Journal, it's also extremely important to stay in touch with your recruiter. Checking in about twice a month will keep you on your recruiter's mind, but feel free to contact the person if anything positive happens during the search, such as interview feedback or newly discovered interests.