Recruiters, love them or hate them, they’re often a necessity in this fast paced world! Employers increasingly need them as they don’t have the time to sift through the deluge of CV’s sent for an advertised post, so it’s best to work out how to use them to your advantage.
Here are a few tips to help them to help you!
Be clear about what you can do
Recruiters are busy people, and the easier you can make their job the better! Having a clear, tailored CV, aimed towards jobs that you have experience for, will help them to put you forward for the right roles. Having talked to many recruiters, a common bug bear can be people who are vague about their experience or skills, or those that fabricate the truth. The recruiter doesn’t have time to tweak your CV for you, or to work out where you could be placed, so be clear about what you want and what you can do!
Keep in touch
With large case loads and 100’s of potentials on their books, it’s important that you stay on their radar. If the only contact they have had with you was the initial meeting, or even worse, just an email/online registration, you’re not going to be very memorable. Make a good impression in your initial meeting and keep in touch. Be sure you don’t harass them though, as that can be rather annoying!
Before an interview, be open and ask for advice
Recruiters have access to a lot of information about the employer, the interview process and even characteristics of the interviewer. Don’t be afraid to ask for some insights, as it‘s in the recruiters best interests to help you to get the job.
After an interview
After the interview, whether you’re successful or not, try to get some feedback and use that to your advantage in the future! The more time you put into honing your interview skills, the more successful you’ll be in the long run!
Do you have any tips or success stories you’d like to share about recruiters? If so, get involved in the comments below!