Anyone who has ever navigated the job search process knows that it can often be a time-consuming and frustrating experience. With so many steps to complete along the way (crafting resumes, submitting applications, communicating with hiring managers, attending interviews, etc.), many job applicants quickly start to feel overwhelmed and need a little extra help.
This is where partnering with a professional recruiter comes into play. A professional recruiter is, in effect, a career advisor that can help you to clarify, articulate, and achieve the next steps towards your long-term career goals. They can also connect you with an expansive (and ever-growing) network of top employers in your industry, which can make it easier for you to land a role that you’ll feel truly excited about.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that the recruiter-applicant relationship (just like any other relationship) is a two-way street. To get the most out of the experience of working with a professional recruiter, job candidates need to hold up their end of the relationship.
How to Develop a Strong Professional Relationship with a Recruiter
The job search process is like physical exercise: The results you get out of it will be determined by the amount of work you’re willing to put in. Furthermore, a professional recruiter is like a fitness coach: They can help you achieve better results than you’d be able to achieve on your own, but only if you’re willing to show up every day and perform at your best.
With that in mind, here are three simple and effective strategies that can help you to reap the full benefits of the recruiter-applicant relationship:
- Be honest about your career goals. It’s the goal of a recruiter to match you with career opportunities that are well-suited to your personal goals. However, for that to be possible, they’ll first need to have a clear understanding of what, exactly, you’re looking for in an employer, a workplace, and a role.
- Put in the legwork. A recruiter is there to provide you with the advice and guidance that can help you to excel in your career. It’s up to you, however, to turn that advice into action.
- Keep the ball rolling with communication. Searching for a new job is certainly demanding, but there’s often a whole other set of challenges that arises during the first few days and weeks after being hired for a new role. Luckily, a professional recruiter can also help you navigate the unfamiliar terrain of a new job and a new workplace. But to be able to leverage these services, job candidates need to take the initiative with the communication and follow-up process. It’s crucial, in other words, to keep in touch with your recruiter (even after you’ve been hired as a new employee).
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