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6 ways to improve your experience of working with a recruiter

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Unfortunately, the general perception of a recruiter isn’t always positive. One key reason is recruiters will sometimes not listen to what a candidate is saying and be too pushy. Here are 6 ways to improve your experience working with a recruiter:

  1. Be as specific as possible about what roles you would consider. In fact, the more detailed about what roles you are looking for in terms of work, salary, level, and working environment; the better understanding a recruiter will have in tailoring what relevant roles to bring to your attention.

  2. Be honest about your work experience. Over-exaggerating your experience is awkward for you, the recruiter, and the client if you manage to secure an interview. I would avoid this at all costs particularly as you would be surprised how many heads of departments know each other which could impact future applications.

  3. If you are not interested- just say! If you have initially shown interest in a role and the recruiter emails to follow up, a simple 1-2 line email response saying “no” goes a long way. This avoids multiple emails, texts, and calls which wastes both their times and yours.

  4. Call or email to follow up within a reasonable amount of time. If you haven’t heard from us, please don’t assume we are avoiding you. It is important to note that we are waiting on a client for feedback which can take time.  As such, it could be worth getting in contact about why there may be a delay.

  5. Be receptive to advice. Often recruiters will be fully briefed on a role and have a good working relationship with a client through previous dealings. Therefore, if a recruiter is recommending tweaking your CV or interview technique, it is based on their experience with a client which will help you progress in the process.

  6. Recommend us to your friends or colleagues. Yes, this is a self-interested point but the relationship between a recruiter and a candidate can be quite symbiotic. If you recommend us to people you know, this will lead to more business for us which in turn, will leads to building a good rapport with a specific recruiter and potentially a better service.