5 Things Your Recruiter Should Do For You
The dynamic between recruiter and candidate has evolved over the years, from a short-term, one-hit wonder to a more in-depth, longer lasting relationship. These days, experienced, professional recruiters are looking further into the future, to develop long-term relationships with their candidate (and their client). As a candidate, the better your relationship with your recruiter, the greater your chance of success. So here are five things your recruiter should be doing for you.
Your recruiter should be asking questions and listening to your answers. What are you looking for in a role? Do you like working in a team? Do noisy offices distract you or does the buzz keep you going? Is it important to you the role is based in a prestigious city centre office or are you happy to work in a portacabin? Is dress code important? Do you like to be left to work unsupervised or do you prefer a more active support network? All of these things make a big difference when it comes to determining whether a role within a company is right for you. Your recruiter should be asking these questions to get a feel for the environment that suits you best.
They should be able to give practical advice on your job search, from what to write on your CV to what to include in your covering letter. They should give you tips on how to present yourself at interview, what to wear and things to avoid doing. Whilst there is an element where your recruiter will expect you to be able to do some research and behave appropriately, if you’re operating outside of your comfort zone, your recruiter should have your back.
Your recruiter should have spent as much time getting to know their client as they have done getting to know you. Therefore, before they pitch a job to you, or send you for an interview, they should be able to tell you about the role, the company, its culture and ethos, your working environment and the team you would be working with. They should also be able to give you some helpful insights into the interviewer – the questions you can expect, what type of person they are looking for, whether they’re any good at interviewing (and what to do if they aren’t!) Success lies in the preparation, and your recruiter should be able to give you specific insights you won’t find on Google!
Some job interviews go well; some don’t - for a variety of reasons. The only way you’ll learn is if you receive constructive feedback. After each interview, your recruiter should be asking the right questions of the interviewer to gain that feedback. Perhaps you’ve been turned down because they felt you lacked skills in a certain area: perhaps it’s time to take a night class to address that issue. On the other hand, if you’re successful because they liked your direct approach - you’ll know when you start working there that straight talking is appreciated. Feedback should be a valuable part of the recruitment process.
Stay in touch
Whether you’re going through the job search stage or whether you’ve found a role, your recruiter should stay in touch. Very few people enter a company and remain there for the rest of their working life. Staying in touch with your recruiter will allow them to keep up to date with the new skills you are learning and the responsibilities you have. When you’re ready to broaden your horizons, your recruiter should be there to help you on the next rung up the ladder – and if the relationship is already established, you’re more likely to find a great role more quickly.
If you’re looking for your next move and would like a recruiter who will stay with you for the journey, get in touch with Quorum People today. We’re here to help you navigate the job search.