Does the perfect relationship truly exist?
Maybe. Conceivably somewhere. And perhaps at some level on the emotional intelligence scale it could be a thing. And it certainly seems possible, right? (We’re optimistic about it.)
When you’re on the job market, it’s exhausting chasing every recruiter and agency in the industry, theoretically wearing your resume on your sleeve and throwing it at every job possible. It’s a particular strategy that usually doesn’t bode well.
However, when one finishes sowing the wild applying oats and is interested cultivating a mutually beneficial (if not perfect) recruiter relationship, we’ve got some advice to making the match.
1. Appropriately apply
Not every job opening is an opportunity if you aren’t qualified, so instead of the blanket approach, take the time to tailor your resume to the positions you are qualified for. “I wish Job Seekers would all tailor their resumes to the roles that they are applying for and only apply for jobs that they are a fit for,” says Sam Wan, a Technical Recruiter with Procom. “This will help me ensure that they are really interested in the role and not just sending 100's of applications for any job.”
Remember, throwing your resume at every job posting that marginally matches your experience isn’t a good strategy, and a recruiter will get frustrated if he or she keeps seeing your same generic resume in their inbox. And that means they’ll get frustrated with you. And frustration severs relationships!
2. Be transparent
Being dishonest is the easiest way to get dismissed, so don’t falsify facts on your resume or embellish your experience. If you don’t have a certain skill, demonstrate how you can overcome that hurdle instead. An ATS keeps track of every resume you send into an agency, and if you send in multiple CVs that don’t match….. well, the robots don't forget! “When both parties are engaged and have OPEN communication, it ensures that there are no surprises at the end of the recruiting life cycle,” advises Julian Lopez, a Technical Recruiter with Procom. If you Pinocchio your past, a future employer will eventually find out.
Do you have other offers on the table or are working with another recruiter? Spill the beans! Because if your duplicity is discovered, you could be blacklisted by those who put their trust in you.
3. Be responsive
Time matters. When a recruiter presents you with a job description, make sure to tailor your resume and apply through him or her right away. Staffing agencies typically need to present Candidates to their Clients within 24-48 hours of receiving a role, so if you don’t apply right away, you could miss the opportunity.
Being prompt in your response will also help your recruiter deal with any eventuality and help them keep you in contention for the roles you’ve been put forward for. Ana Algernon, a Technical Recruiter for Procom admits, “Honestly, get back to me as soon as possible! It says a lot about your ability to communicate and your reliability.”
If you aren’t prompt in your responses to your recruiter, someone else will be.
4. Pay attention
Sometimes, it really does boil down to the details in the emails. So this means reading them in full! “Read the full email. Twice. Before even hitting reply. The Onboarding process for a lot of Clients requires a long list of documents we need, and nine times out of 10, some are missed because someone didn't finish reading the whole email,” says Daria Gourianova, a Client Services Associate with Procom. “This speeds the entire Onboarding process along and makes the job of Onboarding a person much easier. We don't have to hound down Candidates for bits and pieces of paperwork.”
No one wants to chase anyone.
5. Be prepared and give feedback
Being prepared doesn’t just mean doing your research before meeting with a potential employer, it also means being prepared to present your best possible Candidacy to your recruiter first. Because if you lacked the preparation needed to wow your recruiter (even if you are qualified), he or she won’t feel comfortable in passing you to their Client. On the flip side, don’t shy away from providing feedback of your own, “It will help us determine what we are doing great, and what needs to be improved,” says Afshan Arouj, a Client Services Associate with Procom. And just like number three, communication is key.
Remember, there are many components that go into a lasting relationship, and the right one is out there, waiting for you somewhere…..