Recruitment agencies and recruiters sometimes have a very negative connotation because of how people experience them. All the negativity may not be a real reflection on recruiters, however. A lot of the negative views and feedback about recruiters are because of people having unrealistic expectations of recruiting agencies. Recruitment agencies are not there to take over your whole job hunt while you sit and watch television on the couch. They are simply another tool or aid on your job search journey.
Before hiring a recruitment agency, consider the following tips for a better relationship with your recruiters.
Take responsibility – It is your responsibility to keep your search alive and make yourself visible. Recruiters don’t find people jobs, they simply evaluate potential candidates that fulfil the requirements of their client companies. Few recruiters have time to spend hours with a single candidate. It is your responsibility to keep searching and be proactive. Don’t just sit around and wait for the recruiter to call. There is no guarantee that they have vacancies that suit your job search.
Broad exposure – To make sure you are easy to find and people will notice you, you need to go big. Place your CV on several job search sites. Contact companies that you would like to work for and find out if they have any vacancies that may not be advertised. Do online job searches daily and apply for the ones that you are interested in. You might get frustrated with the amount of response compared to the effort, but it will pay off in the end.
Avoid irrelevant job applications – If you don’t fulfil the requirements or the job is not what you are looking for, don’t apply. It is a waste of your time and job agencies may see you as unfocused and not allow you on their sites anymore.
Build relationships – Find specialist recruitment agencies in your area. Contact 3 or 4 of them and find an experienced recruiter. Explain to them what you are looking for and ask them for advice. Find out how their processes work and what to expect from working with them.
These tips will help you have a more successful and satisfying experience with recruitment agencies and their consultants.