Job hunting for the first time (or the first time in a long time)?
It can be a daunting experience. On top of working out what you want, what your CV should say, and what you should wear, the hardest part can be working out where to find the job you want. That’s where a relationship with a trusted recruiter can really boost your success rates.
There is a lot of noise out there (on LinkedIn in particular) about lack of professionalism in recruitment, but as with all things, don’t believe everything you read. Here are some top tips on how to effectively approach your search when using a recruitment consultant.
Pick the right recruiter
If you are looking in a specialist sector, pick a recruiter who works in your marketplace. There is little point going to a generalist if you wish to operate in a specific sector. If you don’t know where to start looking, most trade bodies will have a link to industry specialists.
There is no better reference than someone who has had a good experience so ask friends and ex-colleagues. If you are a graduate or a school leaver taking that first step – ask around. Someone in your network may have a contact for you.
Meet your recruiter
If you aren’t working, make the time to meet your consultant. This is a key relationship, so take the time to establish a connection. Chances are throughout your career you will work with two or three recruiters and these will provide you with the connections you need.
The more transparent you are the better the consultant will be able to help you.
Recruitment is a serious profession, and the right recruiter will have connections and trusted relationships that you will be able to benefit from throughout your career. Learn to trust this person – they will help you achieve your ambitions. If the relationship isn’t working, say goodbye and move on…