You have just graduated or completed your internship and are now looking to progress on to the next phase of your job search. Where should you go from here?
In addition to hunting through online job boards such as seek.com you may find it helpful to engage with a Recruitment Consultant in order to maximise your chances of landing your dream job. So who should you talk to, where should you start and how do you know which recruitment specialist is best for you?
Recruitment Consultants provide a vital link between clients and candidates. They work closely with client companies to build relationships and gain a better understanding of their recruitment needs and requirements. That is one reason why having a good consultant who can advise and match you with a suitable job can be advantageous to your career.
Here are 5 tips on how to build strong relationships and work effectively with your Recruitment Consultant:
Choose the right Recruitment Consultant for you
The first step is to find a recruitment agency which specialises in your area of expertise and a Recruitment Consultant whom you like to work with and can trust!
The initial meeting between you and your consultant should always be treated as a formal interview. This is when your Recruitment Consultant assesses how you will represent yourself with their clients. Dress to impress in formal business attire and practise your interview technique beforehand.
Be open, honest and frank
Tell the truth! Don’t ever lie or exaggerate on your resume. It is important to keep your recruiter informed about your progress with other opportunities, where you have already applied, what your salary expectations are and what you want from your next position.
Your recruiter may need to get in touch with you at short notice to discuss a ‘hot job’ or get some important information from you. Make sure you are available to take these calls. Remember to check your voicemail and email and get back to your recruiter as soon as possible. It is also important to remember that recruiters will be searching for you on LinkedIn. It is imperative that your LinkedIn profile looks professional and is a true reflection of your skills and abilities.
Accept your Recruitment Consultant’s advice and guidance
As well as having expert knowledge of the current job market, recruiters can provide advice on your resume, give interview tips and even play the role of career coach at times too. A good recruiter will be happy to provide guidance in regards to your chosen career path.
Cerys Rogers has over 10 years’ work experience in the Education and Recruitment sectors across the UK and Australia. She is currently a Business Development officer at UTS:Careers, and has previously worked for some of Australia’s leading accounting and legal recruitment specialists. In her role at UTS, Cerys has a strong focus on engaging and networking with industry in order to create employment opportunities for UTS students.
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