Whether or not you are currently looking for a new job, developing a relationship with a trusted recruiter is beneficial. You never know when you will need their services in the future and it is much more productive to go into a search ahead of the game with them by your side. To ensure that you are doing all of the right things to keep in touch with your recruiter, follow these six steps below.
1. Check In Regularly
It’s important to check in with your recruiter on a frequent, but reasonable, basis. As a general rule of thumb, send your recruiter a quick email once every other week. Although each candidate is important to a recruiter, realistically, recruiters communicate with hundreds of people per week so it is impossible for them to give each person a detailed play-by-play. A good time to get in touch with a recruiter is when you have some news, updates on your job search, or want to review new opportunities. Did you learn a new transferable skill? Complete a course or training? Have you made updates to your resume? This type of information is important to a recruiter, so you need to make sure you’re letting them know about these changes.
2. Keep an Eye on New Openings
Most employers will be posting their jobs online and updating these postings regularly. A recruiter’s job orders will also be changing, so you need to keep up to date with these postings. If in your searches you see a role that you feel you could be qualified for and they haven’t already reached out to you about it, give your recruiter a call first! Time is of the essence when it comes to any open position and your recruiter will appreciate your diligence.
3. Keep Them Informed
The conversations that you have with your recruiter don’t always have to involve a request or need. You can keep your recruiter updated and informed on your job search status, as well as let them know about what has been happening on your side of things since the last time you spoke. For example, it’s important for recruiters to know whether you have interviewed, if you have made any changes to your resume, or have received a raise or a promotion. Keeping them in the loop gives them the ability to speak on your behalf in a clear and concise way.
4. Ask for Advice
During your job search, there will be times where you will be seeking advice on a variety of things, from resume tips to help with interviews. Your recruiter is a great asset to have and utilize for this type of industry knowledge. They live and breathe staffing and tend to know a whole lot about things from current market trends to insight about different organizations. A big part of the service that recruiters can provide to their candidates is intelligence to help supplement their job search. Asking for advice is a great way to keep you fresh in their mind but it also helps build the relationship between the two of you.
5. Refer Other Qualified People
More often than not, strong, qualified candidates surround themselves with other strong, qualified candidates. If you happen to know someone who is looking for a job, why not send them in the direction of your recruiter? It is a great way to network and helps you participate in a mutually beneficial relationship. As an additional benefit, there are a number of employers that also offer generous referral bonus programs for placed candidates!
6. Be Available
While it’s understood that each candidate is different and has a varying schedule, it’s crucial that your recruiter doesn’t have to jump through too many hoops to get in contact with you. Things happen quickly in the staffing world and you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity because you were unavailable for an extended period of time. Of course, if you do miss a call or email from your recruiter, just make sure to get back to them right away and try to get them on the phone.
Developing a relationship with a recruiter demands a little give and take but if executed correctly, the partnership can last for years. To ensure for a seamless process, it’s important to be diligent and make sure that they have all of the pertinent information they need while also respecting their schedule. Recruiters are busy people but they will always work hard for you and appreciate those who make an effort to stay in touch.
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