7 ways to successfully work with recruiters

September 28 2016, 0 Comments

Working with recruiters

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in your job search, and there are professionals available to help you with your hunt for the perfect role. There are different types of recruiters out there, from internal, agency, contingency and retained, but all you need to be aware of is that recruiters can provide excellent support in finding your next job. As a result, we’re here to offer you our exclusive insights, provided by our very own CV-Library expert recruiters, Roxanne Fitzpatrick and Gemma Devis, to help you successfully work with recruitment professionals.


1. Understand a recruiter’s role

Recruiters work on behalf of employers to find candidates for jobs, and although they are there to help you, they also have to bear in mind the demands of their clients. As a result, you must ensure you realign your expectations and understand that they cannot always guarantee interviews and job offers.


2. Proof read your CV

It’s absolutely essential that you proof read your CV. A recruiter’s biggest bug bear is a CV littered with spelling and grammatical errors. Make sure you know the difference between there, their and they’re; intern and in turn; where, were and we’re – they’re really common CV mistakes.  If you’ve got grammatical errors in your CV, at the very least you’re going to disappoint the recruiter because even they know you’ve probably got great potential and qualifications, but spelling mistakes translate as unprofessional and unreliable and so they’re unlikely to refer you to an employer.


3. Know your job-hunt process

Make sure you know exactly what jobs you’ve applied for and when. That way it saves the recruiter the embarrassment of pitching you to an employer for a job you’ve already applied for. You can use a job application tracker to stay on top of your job hunt.


4. Be honest and direct

While you might feel awkward talking about your job expectations and salary requirements, these are required conversations when working with a recruiter. Experienced recruiters are used to these conversations, so don’t be embarrassed to be honest; it’s the best way forward. Therefore, make sure you know what you want from a role, salary, development opportunities etc. and tell the recruiter directly – no beating around the bush please! It can be really difficult when recruiters make an offer to a candidate, and suddenly their salary expectations have changed (in some cases by £1,000s) because the candidate wasn’t completely honest, and so an agreement can’t be met. The result is a huge disappointment for everyone, so ensure you’re honest from the start.


5. Do your research

Make sure you research every little detail of working with a recruiter and the hiring processes. For example, all too often job hunters don’t review the location of interviews and end up withdrawing from the recruitment process because a complex train journey isn’t what they signed up for.


6. Communicate effectively

Good communication is key for a successful working relationship with a recruiter. If you can’t make it to an interview or no longer wish to progress in the process, then you must notify the recruiter. We all appreciate that people change their minds, but to not show up to an interview and then turn off your phone, or not pick up when a recruiter is trying to find out what has happened, is not only  negative on you as a job hunter, but can look bad for the recruiters reputation.


7. Keep in contact

Regular contact with a recruiter is the sure-fire way to keep you at the forefront of their minds. Try dropping them an email or giving them a call every couple of weeks so they know you’re still looking, that way they can regularly check if you’re suitable for any roles they have. If you keep in regular contact, you’ll build some real trust with a recruiter. This is hugely valuable for you as a recruiter will now know exactly what you want from a role, and it will enable them to match you with companies and positions you maybe wouldn’t have considered. Don’t call every day though; this could be a bit over the top.  

If you’re a contractor and regularly work with agencies, you should also drop recruiters an email now and then to let them know when you’re back on the market. Overall then, it’s essential you keep recruiters in the loop with your job search, especially when you’ve accepted an offer, in order to have the most efficient working relationship.


Recruiters are an excellent tool to aid your job search. Follow these tips to help you successfully work with recruiters and you’ll be sure to find that perfect job in no time.


About the Author:

Laura Slingo is Digital Copywriter for leading UK job board, CV-Library. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.

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