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Working with Recruiters: Some Pointers

1. Be aware of your objectives.

What is your area of expertise? What kind of corporate culture might be a good match for you? What is your ideal job? Which company do you want to work for? Answering these questions will help you find the ideal recruiter for your career objectives. Also, the more specific you are, the simpler it will be for a recruiter to find the ideal employment for you.

2. Keep your résumé up to date.

Before meeting with you, most recruiters will want to examine your résumé. Before contacting recruiters, be proactive and ensure your CV is current and up to date. Consider using a professional resume writing service, such as TopResume, to guarantee you have a resume that is optimized and marketable.

3. Conduct interviews with recruits

Recruiters will learn a lot about your work history and career aspirations as you go. It's critical that you trust and get along with individuals you're working with.

4. Be polite and respectful.

Recruiters, like anybody else, want to work with individuals they like. When engaging with them, treat them with dignity and politeness. Also, bear in mind that recruiters have hectic schedules since they assist many individuals like you in finding employment. Respect their time by keeping communications concise and to the point, and refrain from bombarding them with phone calls and emails.

Consider discussions with recruiters to be interviews with hiring managers. The manner in which you engage with your recruiter reflects how you will portray yourself to a hiring manager, and you want that image to be good and professional.

5. Follow through on promises

Follow through if a recruiter has arranged an interview or meeting for you and you have committed to go. If you don't, it reflects negatively not just on you, but also on the recruiter.

6. Have faith in recruiters to perform their job.

Recruiters, in most situations, have the ability and information to assist you with your job hunt. They also have a connection with the customer and are aware of their requirements. They know what they're talking about, so put your faith in them to steer you in the proper route.

7. Assist recruiters in their efforts to assist you.

Don't be shy about giving a lot of job-related information with recruiters. Don't be scared to disclose sensitive information with them that you may believe you need to keep private. For example, if you've had multiple roles in a short amount of time or have breaks in work, providing the recruiter with details on why might be beneficial. That way, he or she will know how to effectively represent you to potential employers.

Casie Luke, Jones|Carter's Houston-based Recruiter and Talent Acquisition Leader, explains: "It is OK to have a lot of mobility in your career. Simply inform recruiters so that they may sell your history and work changes to their clientele. Most companies will be unimpressed if you have had three jobs in five years. However, if you can say that the first company went out of business and the second required more than an hour of commuting each way — those are good reasons to be looking for a new job and help to validate why you've moved around so much."

8. Be open to collaborating with other recruiters.

Recruiters value honesty on many levels, from your job experience to whether you work with other recruiters. They recognize that you're looking for work and that you'll most likely have your eggs in many baskets.

Casie Luke goes on to say: "Be truthful! Inform other recruiters if you are working with them. Nothing is worse than a recruiter reaching the end of a job hunt only to discover that they will not be compensated for their efforts on your behalf. Make sure you notify the recruiter about all of the places you've previously applied so they don't double dip or waste their time."

Recruiters will appreciate your candor. It's also a tiny world, and you don't want to leave anybody with a terrible taste in their mouth by hiding the truth.

9. Customize your communications

Effective communication is two-way. Inquire about your recruiter's favorite mode of contact, whether it's texting, emailing, or phone calls. If their chosen method does not correlate with yours, discuss your preferred mode of contact and collaborate to find the ideal approach to correspond so that neither of you misses each other's messages.

10. Request constructive feedback.

Accept constructive feedback to help you improve your marketing materials and interviewing process. Ask for feedback if the recruiter does not provide constructive critique willingly. This can only help you better your prospects.

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