Working with Recruiters
In today’s economy, finding and landing the right job, can be challenging and stressful. Working with a recruiter can make it easier – if you follow a few tips. First of all, listen to your recruiter.
What Can Experienced Recruiters Provide?
- A broad perspective in working with various companies and executives, which gives them a unique view of the entire playing field
- Information on current trends, including current salaries for particular job titles, and who is hiring or who is just struggling to stay afloat
- Access to exclusive employment opportunities that are generally not advertised in the open market.
How Recruiters Work
- Contingent Search – The recruiter is compensated when the job candidate is successfully placed with a client company. Typically more than one recruiting firm is competing to fill the position.
- Retained Search – The recruiter collects a portion of the professional services fee when the search begins and the balance once the search is complete. This recruiter typically has an exclusive listing for the vacant position.
Here’s an important fact to remember about the role of recruiters, something that is misunderstood by many job seekers: a recruiter's work is to help the hiring company fill a position, not to secure a position for every job candidate they meet. We explain this not to discourage you, but rather to motivate you, as a job candidate, to work hard for the position you want and sell yourself to the company and the hiring company, because the recruiter is not required to find you a job.
Here we will present four simple job search steps to help you work efficiently with a ProTech recruiter and benefit from your relationship with him or her.
1. Polish and review your resume
- Proofread your personal information to make sure it is sharp, correct and error-free.
- Don’t waste resume space on an "Objective." Unless an objective is very carefully written, it can cause your recruiter to believe you aren't open to other types of opportunities than the one you indicated.
- Don't offer references in your resume - wait until you are asked for them.
- Think of your resume as a marketing document, and remember your resume can open a door, or firmly close it.
- Consult your ProTech recruiter. We are resume experts and will be happy to advise you on your resume content.
2. Keep track of the resumes you have submitted for other jobs
Recruiters will ask for this information:
- Where else and when you have already submitted resumes
- How you heard about these other open positions (ad, another recruiter, etc.)
An effective recruiter will ask you about:
- your relevant personal and professional experiences
- your career goals
- your salary requirements
Your ProTech recruiter may also ask:
- for updates to your resume. Making the changes to your resume that your ProTech recruiter suggests will help you showcase your relevant experience for a particular position.
- whether or not you are open to working as a contractor (i.e. temporary) or prefer permanent work.
A smart job candidate will ask:
- if a job description is available
- for the name of the hiring company
- how long the position has been open
3. Prepare for the Interview and Follow Up
When the recruiter gets you an interview:
- Do a practice interview with your ProTech recruiter to prepare.
- Ask your recruiter as many questions as possible about the company and the hiring manager.
- Do your own research on the company.
After your interview:
- Call the recruiter to debrief.
- Take a personal inventory of how the interview went and where you could improve next time.
- Tell your recruiter immediately if you already know you do NOT want the position - don't wait until you are in the offer process.
4. Keep the Recruiter Updated
Keep your recruiter informed if your family status, location or job changes. Recruiters always appreciate updates and revised resumes.
Notify your recruiter if you have:
- decided not to relocate or leave your current position
- earned a new certification or level of education
- had a change in your family situation
- decided to broaden your geographic preferences or job interests
- recently married and your new spouse needs a job
Your recruiter wants to place you in a job and environment that is appropriate for you, and that is easier to do when you provide current information.