The blogger is a recruitment consultant.
When industries are left relatively unregulated, the barriers to entry are typically low, and consequently you sometimes end up with rogues in the marketplace. Recruitment is no different and I have had the misfortune of experiencing this from both ends of the spectrum.
As a job seeker in the past, I have fielded calls from some unprofessional consultants. And in my current role as a recruiter, I have come into contact with counterparts of a less desirable ilk at industry events. But let’s not tar the entire sector with the same brush: most recruiters are consummate professionals and can significantly bolster your career development with invaluable counsel. So pay close attention if you’re a candidate who wants to get the most out of your recruiter:
1) Don’t waste their time: you are not the client
Recruiters are engaged by a hiring company (ie the client) to find it the best talent. Recruiters can indeed be a good resource to tap into as they usually have access to information that may not be available to everyone. However, because their fee comes from the client after a successful placement, they also need to be prudent about how they spend their time interacting with candidates. For that reason, learn to appreciate their efforts, and don’t abuse their generosity just for the sake of it.
2) Don’t spread yourself too thin
Recruiters understand the value of casting a wide net, and know that job seekers sometimes deal with more than one agency. While that isn’t inherently a problem, it may mean you may end up with lukewarm relationships with several recruiters rather than a solid relationship with a single person. It is only human nature to go the extra mile for someone whom one genuinely likes. So if you build strong bonds with one preferred recruiter, you may experience quicker responses, greater information transparency, and priority contact about new jobs. Even after you have landed a position, continue to maintain the relationship. Change is rife in today’s marketplace, and you never know when you might become a candidate again.
3) Don’t play tricks with multiple offers
Respect your recruiter, be honest and maintain a sense of decorum in all forms of communication at all times. Recruiters are usually far more connected with various networks than they care to admit. If you choose to lie, for instance, about having to attend your grandmother’s funeral as a time-stalling tactic as you await a competing offer, rest assured that they will almost always find out. And when they do, you’ll undoubtedly be blacklisted in their system – and you won’t know about it.
4) Don’t harass a recruiter for updates
As much as both you and your recruiter would like matters to be expedited, companies are growing increasingly larger and more bureaucratic, and things don’t often move quickly enough. If a recruiter is unable to give you any updates following a final-round interview because the client has yet to respond, it is probably because the employer is still interviewing other candidates. Constantly stalking your recruiter is not going to change anything, and neither is stalking the company that interviewed you. Bear in mind that it is also in the recruiter’s interest to place you in a job because that guarantees the fee, so there is little reason why your recruiter wouldn’t be gunning for you.
Urban Dandy recruits financial professionals by day, while dabbling with his menswear consultancy by night. The views expressed are his and not those of eFinancialCareers.
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