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Tips on Working with a Recruiter?

Posted on 28 Jun, 2021

If you're currently looking for a new job or planning to broaden your career path, working with a recruiter is one of the best solutions. A recruiter can match you with employers and suitable roles that match your interest, your passion and your work skills.

Whether you're job hunting or not, a recruiter can help you with sound career advice as well as job leads and opportunities for growth - and that includes positions that might not be listed on public job boards. If you want to make the most out of your partnership with a recruiter, it's essential to take the initiative and play your role too. Read on below for Careers in Design's tips to guide you.

The Do's and Don'ts when working with a recruiter:

Do: Work with a recruiter that specialises in your career interest.

Most recruiters will specialise in specific sectors and positions, so not all recruiters can fulfil your requirements. It's essential to choose wisely and research many recruiters before making a final decision. By finding the right recruiter, your progress will move faster and you'll find that the time spent on your career progression will be far more productive compared to working with a recruiter that doesn't specialise in your field.

Don't: Bring up finances in your first encounter.

It may be common sense, but it's the same situation where you wouldn't ask about a job's salary right away during an interview. The same logic applies during your first encounter with a potential recruiter. Although finances and salary information is important, bringing it upright on the spot may paint you in a negative light. If you want to establish a sustainable partnership with your recruiter, be patient. This topic will come naturally after you and your recruiter have discussed your personal goals and career aspirations first. Recruiters, in general, are not so keen to work with a candidate that is only interested in a higher salary.

Do: Trust your recruiter.

Never underestimate the experience and insights of your recruiter. Understand well that they have the proper knowledge and advice regarding interview techniques and resume tips. In some cases, you and your recruiter won't see eye to eye, and it's not a good idea to argue with a recruiter. Ignoring their feedback will only damage the trust between your partnership and taking offence to their advice won't help you in the long run. Don't take it personally when they provide constructive feedback, let yourself be open to discussion.

Don't: Nag your recruiter.

You need to understand that recruiters want to speak to you but are also busy with other candidates and clients whilst working simultaneously with you. While it is natural and right to ask your recruiter for helpful advice and to keep in touch, it is always best to check they are free or book in a time for that chat. That way you both have the time to talk. It's ok to send follow up emails as these updates and reminders are a good thing. Avoid being too pushy by bombarding them with phone calls and text messages. It may take a day or two to get a response, but in the meanwhile, trust that your recruiter will reply and see you through recruitment the process. 

Working with a recruiter can benefit you with your career path and personal growth, but before you decide to engage with one, it is essential to update your CV to find a recruiter that's right for you. Make sure to send your CV to us at Careers in Design to help you get started. For further enquiries, make sure to call us today on 01920 486125 and we'll be more than happy to help.

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