How to get the best from your recruitment consultant.
Getting the right job is crucial to your happiness, and when competition for jobs is fierce, it’s important to have access to all the right options.
One of these is working with a recruitment consultant – and it’s important that this is a relationship that works well for you.
So, how can you make sure it does? Try these tips:
Choose the right recruitment consultants.
Don’t assume all recruitment agencies are the same. They vary greatly in the type of work they do, from those dealing with a variety of employment types to those that specialise in a particular field of expertise, and it’s important for you to find the right one(s). So do your research before you approach them, to make sure they offer/specialise in the type of work you are looking for.
View every interaction with them as an interview.
Whether you are emailing your CV, discussing options over the phone or meeting with them in person, take the interaction with your consultant as seriously as if it were an interview for your dream job. Be professional, polite and, if you are meeting them in person, look the part. The impression you make with the consultant is crucial – it’s part of their process of deciding whether you are right for a particular job or organisation.
Ensure your CV is relevant.
When you are sending your CV to a consultant for consideration, make sure it is obvious why you are right for the job – use the same job titles and any technical or industry-specific phrases used in the job advertisement, highlight where your skills are an exact match and make use of the covering email/letter to explain more about why you are right for that role, or for a particular company. That way, your CV stands a much greater chance of making it through the selection process.
But don’t be afraid to try:
If you see a job advertised, or are approached by a consultant, and you think you can do the job (and want to do it), don’t hold yourself back. Sometimes people see a job they would really like to go for but don’t, because they think their experience isn’t good enough and assume they’ll be rejected. Deciding what someone else will think without asking them is known as ‘mind-reading’ – and as you can’t really know what they will think unless you try, you’re doing yourself an injustice if you don’t give it a go.
Make it easy for them to see your skills.
A recruitment consultant will see a lot of CVs and will be dealing with more than one vacancy, so you need to stand out and be memorable. Part of the way to do this is to make everything in your CV easy to find and easy to remember. So:
· Your CV should be no more than two pages long.
· When listing your employment, start with your most recent job first.
· Use bullet points to highlight special skills or areas of expertise, rather than long paragraphs.
· And remember, even if you had your CV written by a professional, you need to look at it every time you apply for a job and make sure it obviously fits the criteria.
Respond quickly when a consultant contacts you.
Sometimes the timing is crucial, so if you miss a call or email from your consultant, get back to them as fast as you can. It’s not only polite; it can make all the difference.
Keep in touch.
You need to regularly contact your consultant, letting them know you are still looking and updating them on any new skills or training you’ve had. That way, you will be instantly memorable when the right job comes up, and they’ll know you are easy to contact.
This sounds obvious, but you would be amazed how many people don’t think this through – and there are long term repercussions for being perceived as ‘unreliable’.
For example, one of the worst things you can do is agree to go on an interview and then not turn up, or arrive late. This is for two reasons. (1) It damages the impression the consultant has of you, and (2) it damages the relationship the consultant has with their client, so they won’t risk putting you forward again. Of course, unforeseen emergencies do happen occasionally, but if this is the case, let your consultant know as soon as you possibly can.
Another no-no is to arrange to meet the consultant outside of office hours and then not turn up. Many people don’t realise that recruitment consultants work long, anti-social hours. So, not turning up to a meeting with them when they have made the effort to come in even earlier/stay even later just to see you is as bad as you not going to an actual interview. It makes you look unreliable and unprofessional – which is the last thing you want.
And don’t disappear – if you are going away on holiday or will uncontactable for a period of time, let your consultant know before you go.
Keeping your consultant up-to-date is vital for them to progress things for you. When you have been on an interview, let the consultant know how you got on and whether you are interested or not.
And if they approach you about a job you are not interested in, give useful feedback about it – let them know why, and reinforce what you are looking for.
By now, you might be thinking, isn’t it their job to find me a job?
You’re right, it is, but remember they will be dealing with a lot of people and a lot of vacancies. So they will work most with the people they remember clearly, who keep in touch and who are professional and reliable at all times. Wouldn’t you?
So be your consultant’s idea client – it’s the best way to get the fantastic job you want.
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