1 Candidate + 1 Recruiter = 1 Common Goal

High five

We thought it prudent to give any job seeker out there some advise in working with recruiters. It certainly is neither brain surgery nor rocket science, but a few pointers might very well be in order.

The base concept is simple; recruiters are in business to make money (surprised?), placing candidates generates revenue and doing so effectively creates efficiencies which creates more opportunities for the recruiter, which in turn creates opportunities for candidates. Candidates are in the business of landing their dream job and recruiters can help them open doors and find opportunities the candidate would not otherwise have known about. Hence, as the title of this article suggests, candidates and recruiters have a common goal: Find a job for candidates and get them hired. Now of course for recruiters that have their eyes on the long term viability of the business will also be focused on getting the right candidate for the right job. However simplified this analysis might be, it holds true in most cases. Below you have our list of top suggestions on how to best work with your recruiter:

  1. Trust that your recruiter is looking after your best interest. Don’t get upset if you aren’t contacted about a job that you would not have a chance of landing anyway. Your recruiter does not want to waste anyone’s time and will only let you know about opportunities where you have a real chance.
  2. Honesty goes a long way! If you are honest you will give your recruiter the tools to work his/her magic to get you in the door. If you withhold information that causes problems, you can see where your chances are going to end up.
  3. Do your homework. It is a two way street; your recruiter will give you an insight and knowledge that you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else, so return the favour by reading up on the businesses that you are trying to get a job with and also absorb any information your recruiter provides you with.
  4. Have your wits about you. If a recruiter contacts you about a job that you have already applied for, it might be a good idea to tell him/her. Recruiters will only be able to collect a fee from the employer if the recruiter is the one making the introduction. It is surprising how often this problem comes up.
  5. It’s a partnership. You are both working towards a common goal, so to achieve the best results, i.e. you getting that dream job, view your recruiter as a partner in the process. Ask them for advice and tell them if you are thinking of applying to a job, he/she might have contacts there that can help.
  6. Be responsive. If you are serious about pursuing an opportunity, show it by responding promptly or communicating when you will be able to respond. The speed of which opportunities come and go in this business is staggering, so right place at the right time is very applicable indeed.
  7. Make ’em look good! Or perhaps I should say ‘don’t make ’em look bad’. If you do not follow the advice above you will make your recruiter look bad and thus will be less likely to be able to help you in the future.

So, in the illustrious words of Jerry McGuire; ‘Help me help you!’ http://youtu.be/AGt5f70K02Q (however our disposition is slightly less desperate than Jerry’s in this scene)

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