We meet several candidates who’ve yet to work with a recruiter until the day they send us the initial contact email, or dial our number for the very first time. Maybe they’ve heard about the helpfulness of recruiters from friends and family, or they saw an enticing ad for an open position and wanted to know more – however they’ve found themselves in contact with a recruiter, questions almost always abound.
Many candidates are straight forward and ask questions about the recruiting process before building a relationship. Some are unsure of the way recruiting works and can become a little confused if the process is too fast or too slow for their liking. For those who are considering the help of a recruiter, below are some pointers (and perhaps some things to look for or ask questions about) when preparing to contact a recruiter:
Research before choosing an agency. Agencies differ, as do individual recruiters. By conducting some basic research online, you will be able to determine what industries recruiters focus on. If you’re looking for an entry level position, a recruiter who focuses only on executive level searches may not be able to help you as quickly as an agency who lists many entry-level job openings would. Fields are even more important; some agencies and recruiters focus on one or two related industries/fields, while others provide effective services in many areas.
Prepare your resume. Recruiters need a polished document to use when marketing you to clients. You may be contacted to answer specific questions about your experience before or after a face to face interview with the recruiter – this is just so recruiters have a strong grasp on your background.
Paperwork is involved when utilizing recruiter services. Sometimes candidates seem a bit apprehensive about providing personal or professional references, general background information, etc. This is routine, yet extremely necessary in speeding up the employment process. By providing requested information, you enable recruiters to market you to several positions sooner rather than later. Of course, if you have questions about the documentation, agencies would prefer you ask and feel reassured as opposed to feeling uneasy during the process (so ask away!)
Be patient during the waiting period. Recruiters are paid to find the right candidate for the right company and position. A successful placement may occur quicker for some than others. It’s also important to maintain a good relationship with your recruiter, who will help you with resume revisions and other components of a quicker, more efficient job search.
What’s next? You shouldn’t worry; your recruiter will guide you through steps of employment, from the time an offer has been made that you accept and the first few months into your new position. You’re never left in the dark; your recruiter should hold your hand through the entire process.
Note: not all recruiters operate by the same policies and procedures. It’s always important to research for additional information prior to contacting an agency.