Ever had a recruiter you’ve never spoken to before call you and say “We’ve never spoken before but I have the perfect opportunity for you!” Initially, you might think ‘Great!’ but before you get too excited think about this.
How does the recruiter know it’s the perfect opportunity for YOU?
How does the recruiter know what sort of role, company, salary and hours you are looking for?
Unfortunately, there is a lot of pressure on Recruitment Consultants to make placements and ultimately make money and this often results in the sort of behaviour that gives the recruitment industry it’s current reputation. So how do you make sure the recruiter is working with your best interests in mind and genuinely talking to about the perfect opportunity for you?
First and foremost, make the time to meet the recruiter. If they are talking to you about a specific role this should be necessary, but even if the recruiter does not have a specific role for you, you should still make the time to meet with them. Apart from being the first step to a stronger relationship, at a face to face meeting you will be able to clearly communicate what sort of role you would like, hours, culture, location, salary etc, so that the consultant will know which roles to talk to you about and which not to. They may also be able to suggest some companies that they will be able to approach pro-actively on your behalf.
Secondly, communicate with your recruitment consultant. Don’t pester, but keep them honest – if they say they will call you on Wednesday with some feedback don’t be afraid to give them a call late Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning to find out what’s happening. A good recruiter will say “I will try to call you on Wednesday with feedback, but please don’t hesitate to give me a call before 5pm on Wednesday if you haven’t heard from me”. So make sure you do.
Thirdly, don’t be afraid to say what you really think. As much as some recruiters might pretend to be able to read minds (“I’ve never met you but have the perfect job for you”) I know I can’t, so please do be open with your communication. If you are discussing interview feedback or enabling your recruiter to negotiate a better salary package it is significantly easier to do so if we know what you are really thinking.