Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Recruiters can help you get the job you want because they know the employers who have available openings. Take the tips and advice from resume reviews they provide as they try to place you. Not only can you get interviewed faster, they might send you out the same day or the next day!
1. Finding a Recruiting Agency to Land Your Dream Job
If you’re looking online for a job and you come across a recruiting agency, that’s good especially if it’s a job you’re interested in. You can ask about the company you want to work for over the phone or in person. The recruiter may work directly with that particular employer or they may know of an agency that is representing the company. The recruiter may ask why you’re interested in that particular company and may try to sell you on other comparable businesses. Consider their offer especially if it’s a similar salary and benefit package.
2. Working With a New Recruiter: What To Expect
When you work with a recruiter, it’s similar to an interview, but a bit more casual. They will study you from head-to-toe, but because they are assessing you, don’t be nervous. They’re likely thinking about which roles you would be a “good fit” for and where to send you first. They may ask if you’re working with another recruiter, so let them know if this is your first time. Some recruiters may send you out the same day. Others might want to test your skill sets first and then set up interviews for you.
3. How a Recruiter Can Get You Interviewed Faster
Recruiters work directly with employers and HR managers. That means as jobs become available, they are helping to send candidates to a company for a particular opening. A business might want to hire a secretary and ask to see 10 candidates. The recruiter’s job is to send over 10 people for them to interview. Sometimes recruiters can get you hired faster because they are personal friends with hiring managers and business owners. They’ll likely just ask that you be on your best behavior during your probationary period and stay for at least a year.
4. What Not To Tell Recruiters and What You Should Say
With recruiters, because they might be friends with HR managers or business owners, never complain about an interview. You can just say that the role wouldn’t “be a good fit” or “wasn’t right for you” and that should suffice. If you talk about the employer or HR rep, chances are they might have another opening down the line in a different department and you don’t want to burn a bridge before you get in the door. Do let the recruiter know when you’re interested in a position so they can vouch for you and try to get you hired.
5. How Recruiters Work With HR Reps and Employers
Job seekers are sometimes reluctant to work with recruiters because they think they are just another number or that recruiters won’t find them the “best job” because they just want to fill vacancies. Recruiters will work hard to get you placed. Look at it like this: Would you rather go on 2 interviews in a week or have 2 recruiters talk to 25 companies about you? Recruiters want to ensure that they place the best candidates in roles that will make them a “good fit” so they can help the businesses they work for fill vacancies and reduce turnovers.
6. Should You Use a Recruiter to Interview On Your Own?
A lot of people shy away from working with recruiters because they don’t want to go on multiple interviews or go through a third-party. The downside to going on interviews on your own is you don’t know anyone at the business and you have to wait for your resume and cover letter to be flagged electronically or manually by someone in HR. The benefit with doing it on your own is less pressure as recruiters will send you on multiple interviews. If you want your dream job though, go through a recruiter as they likely know people at the company.
7. Your Relationship With Your Recruiter: Meet Your New Best Friend
When you work with a recruiter, they’re like a new best friend. After your initial interview with them, they’ll likely email you a job description about a position they discussed with you. They’ll ask if you’re interested in an interview and they’ll set it up. They may even schedule a few interviews over the next few days. Always arrive early at interviews, let the recruiter know you’re there, let them know when the interview ends, and follow up if you liked the company. You can even send the recruiter a thank you card when you’re placed in a new job.