Today, we’re going to jump into some advice for candidates about how to work with recruiters. We talk a lot about the world of recruitment – trends, career advice, etc. — but it doesn’t hurt, once in a while, to directly speak to our network about what approach you should take to get a job using a recruiter.
While recruiters aren’t useful for every single job search in every single career path, the representation of a specialist recruiter in your field can be a tremendously powerful thing. Recruiters have a direct line to hiring managers, with a boost in credibility that comes from having spoken to the hiring manager and learned the exact particulars of a role in terms of personality, skills and work history — beyond what a job description says. For example: in Procurement, a recruiter will have an exact sense of the category expertise required, industry background, and compensation. So a candidate who arrives pre-screened by a recruiter is going to have a leg up on the competition. Representation by a recruiter is going to allow you to skip the huge stack of applications that overworked HR professionals within companies can often only give cursory attention.
But working with a recruiter to nail down that next role comes with its own considerations, and there are certain things to keep in mind. We’ve prepared this infographic to offer some tips about how to prepare yourself – before and during a job search – for the most success when working with recruiters.
We should say up front: It’s important to note that recruiters are ultimately beholden to the jobs their clients have asked them to fill – hence why candidates pay nothing out of pocket for a recruiter. While recruiters are thrilled to represent the top candidates in their specialty, their first priority is their clients. So it’s important to be patient. It’s worth keeping in mind that a relationship with a recruiter – most of all a specialist – should be a long-term investment in your career.
Here’s the infographic:
Hopefully these tips will offer some food for thought about how to work with recruiters, but they’re not exhaustive. Check out Argentus’ blog archives for more advice about personal branding, job searching, and career advice for professionals in Supply Chain, Procurement, Logistics, Operations and Planning. And of course, if you have questions about how to work with a recruiter – or are looking to work with a recruiter to find a great new job in these areas, talk to us today! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416 364 9919.
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