How to get the most out of your job recruiter

We all want to find that perfect job that pays well and makes us happy. But it can take time, effort and patience.

This is especially true if you go at it alone and don’t ask for help. You may send countless resumes and go on a dozen interviews with nothing to show for it. In most cases, partnering up with a job recruiter is your best choice to land a dream job as quick as possible.

What do job recruiters actually do?

Job recruiters are job search professionals. Their role is to help businesses fill job openings with the best-suited people. Alternatively, you can also say that their primary mission is to help you (the job-seeker) land the best job. Both of these definitions are equally true, as the job recruiter is in a unique position of creating a win-win situation that suits the needs of both employees and employers.

Job recruiters fall into two main categories, depending on how they work and get paid. In-house recruiters are employed and paid by the company they represent. External recruiters work for staffing agencies. These agencies usually service many companies across a range of industries.

How can a job recruiter help you land your dream job?

Teaming up with a recruiter is the best thing you can do for your career. It will speed up your job search and help you land a better job faster.

You may possess an excellent set of skills and experience. But it’s not always enough to ace an interview. You may be presenting yourself in one way while the employer is looking for something else. Job recruiters have contacts in many companies and a variety of industries. So, they are familiar with the questions and topics that are likely to be covered.

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A skilled job recruiter can prepare you for the interview so that you can display your skills in the best possible light.

High-quality companies will often have certain job positions that are not advertised publically. These are positions that call for a very specific set of skills or traits. The employer realizes that if they open this up to the public, they will spend too much time sifting through countless resumes and interviewing people with no result.

This is why employers will only advertise these kinds of positions with recruiters that are able to locate suitable candidates more quickly. Teaming up with a recruiter will give you access to these jobs that are otherwise inaccessible.

Relying on a job recruiter is cost-effective for both employers and employees. They get paid by the employer if you get the job, at zero cost to you. It is therefore in their interest to properly prepare you and guide you through the hiring process. They want you to succeed.

Recruiters are familiar with your skills, job market trends, and employer demands. So, they will only set up interviews for jobs they think you are likely to get. This will save you a ton of time and effort that you would otherwise have to waste on interviews that go nowhere.

Ways to maximize your relationship with the job recruiter

So, you’ve decided to team up with a recruiter to land your next job. Let’s look at some helpful tips to get the most out of your partnership.

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Build a relationship of trust

You and your recruiter have to trust each other. If you want him or her to find the best job for you, don’t lie about your experience or qualifications. Share your full work history and don’t hold anything back.

Be honest when asked to explain gaps in employment or frequent job changes. Your recruiter has to know the truth so they can advise you on how to respond if a given issue comes up in an interview.

Keep an open mind about companies or jobs you haven’t even considered. Trust your recruiter if they suggest that another job might be a better match for your skills.

First impressions are important. Whether your recruiter suggests a more formal or less formal attire for an interview, follow their advice. In fact, assume everything a recruiter says is important. Good recruiters never give “fluff advice”, it’s all pertinent and highly relevant.

Allow the recruiter to coach you and prep you for the interview. They can offer invaluable advice on how to edit your resume and highlight your skills and talents.

Be specific

Being vague about your job expectations doesn’t help you or your recruiter. Clearly state your expectations regarding salary, bonuses, and benefits. You can’t afford to be shy or feign modesty. Let your recruiter decide if your goals or demands are unrealistic, don’t censor yourself ahead of time. Let them figure out what you can get and how.

Let your recruiter know if you’re unwilling to travel or relocate for job purposes. If you need a more flexible work schedule, mention this as well. Laying everything on the table at the start will save you both time and effort.

On this note, if you think certain jobs are not a good fit for you, explain the reasons for declining. It helps avoid misunderstandings about what you’re actually looking for. It will also make it easier for the recruiter to place you in the right job once an opportunity presents itself.

If you can, suggest someone for the job you’re declining in order to help the recruiter fill the position. It’s a nice gesture that will prove beneficial for you down the road.

Stay involved

A good job recruiter will do everything in their power to place you in the best possible job. But, it’s still your own future career that we’re talking about. Be available when they try to reach you. If you’re tied up at the moment, make sure to get back to them as soon as you can.

It’s best to define how often you’ll touch base at the start of your relationship. This will ensure your recruiter has all the information they need without having to chase you down.

Keep your recruiter updated about all things job-related, i.e. promotions, interviews you complete or other opportunities that cross your path.

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Get proactive to speed up the job search process. Do your own research and make a list of companies you find appealing. Don’t be afraid to send tips or recommendations to your recruiter. If they are any good, they will appreciate it. Only amateur recruiters are too arrogant to accept help or tips from you.

It goes without saying that you should show up for interviews on time. This proves your interest and reliability. It also makes your recruiter look good. This makes them motivated to find you even better interviews next time.

Keep your expectations realistic

This is just the flipside of what we discussed above. You don’t want to be shy about expressing what you would like to achieve. But once your recruiter assesses the reality, you want to accept their assessment.

Of course, optimism is a good thing, and if the recruiter achieves the high end of what’s possible, that’s great. But don’t expect to get the best-case scenarios as a given. For example, you can’t expect that the recruiter will negotiate an unrealistically high salary for you. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the salary ranges in your area. The same jobs may earn very different pay rates in different states.

And the most important thing when it comes to being realistic – give it some time. Don’t expect your recruiter to send you a flood of job offers in a week. Even with experience and qualifications, it’s not always easy to find a job. The job market fluctuates and so does the demand for workers of a particular skillset. And if you’re just starting out, you can’t expect to get the offers that seasoned pros get.

It helps if you work with the right staffing agency

You want to look for an agency with a wide reach and extensive connections in the job market. Noor Staffing Group offers a comprehensive service portfolio, covering a range of industries. Whatever your niche, our recruiters will do their best to find the most suitable job for you. If you want to make the search for a job easier, feel free to submit your resume. Our team of experts will get right on the case and help you get that dream job you deserve.