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Tips on Working with a Recruitment Consultant

career adviceIf you’re looking for a job then you have probably already approached recruitment companies to help you with your job search. Recruitment agencies are a great resource if you are looking for a new role and the best part about using one? It’s their job to help you find employment. But if you’ve never used a recruitment company it can be daunting – where do you start? Don’t despair – check our tips below for some friendly guidance on how to work with a recruitment consultant:

Update Your CV

The first thing you need to do is update your CV to reflect your current offering and your future aspirations. When you’re sending your CV out to a recruitment agency you should be treating it like you’re applying for a job because, in a way, you are. A recruiter is just like an employer – they want to see what your key skills are, what experience you have and what your career aspirations are so they can match your CV to the perfect role. By knowing this information they can search for the job roles that suit you the most which is crucial to your job searching – you don’t want to be sent a load of job roles that you’re not interested in, do you? So update your CV with your most recent work experience, ensure your qualifications are all current and freshen up your personal statement. Lastly, ensure your contact details are all fresh as the recruiter will no doubt want to get in touch with you to discuss your expertise in more depth.

Have a Meeting

To improve your chances of finding employment you should consider setting up a face-to-face meeting with a recruiter. Most recruitment companies require this anyway (especially if you’re a local candidate) but even if they don’t, you should organise one. Face-to-face meetings will give you the opportunity to sell yourself and to detail exactly what you are looking for in a job. It also gives you a chance to build rapport with the recruiter too. If you email your CV in without following it up, then it’s unlikely a recruiter is going to connect with you as a candidate. Setting up a meeting should help you to build a professional relationship and should mean the recruiter will work harder to find you a job. When you attend a meeting with a recruiter you should treat it as a standard interview. Dress well, take a long copies of your CV and turn up slightly early for your appointment. Once you’re in the interview room the recruiter will want to know a variety of things about your job search so prepare your answers before you meet with them. Read through your CV and familiarise yourself with your previous job roles and responsibilities as the recruiter will probably ask about them during a meeting. You should also think about what job role you are looking for, what location you want to work in and what salary you would accept as these are all factors the recruiter will need to know when searching for a job for you. If you can’t meet a recruiter face-to-face then it’s likely that you’ll have a telephone interview instead. Treat this interview just like any other – be on time, practice your answers and jot down some notes you may want to ask the recruiter about the role.

Keep in Contact

A recruiter won’t put you forward for a job opening if you ignore them. You need to keep in regular contact if you want to find out about the latest job roles. Recruiters sometimes test their candidates too – you might get several emails about one job before the recruiter even considers putting you forward for it. This is usually to test how reliable you are and how much you want the job. So keep an eye on your emails and get in contact once a week during your job hunt. Keeping in contact with the recruiter will help you to keep up to date with the latest vacancies and it will help you to stay in the recruiter’s mind. If you keep in regular contact and a recruiter receives a new job listing – guess who’ll they’ll speak to about it first? Stay in contact and keep checking the recruiter’s website for any new vacancies.