Searching for a new job can be both frustrating and overwhelming at times, not to mention completely time-consuming. In this case, sometimes it is best to bring in some help and this help comes in the form of a recruiter. A recruiter will help you network and find unlisted job openings, as their main role is to help their clients fill job openings. They are looking for the right person for the job and the right job for their client, simultaneously. Using a recruiter can be very beneficial for your career, but choosing one that is successful, has experience with recruiting in your field, and then maintaining a relationship with them throughout the process is key.
In some cases recruiters will reach out to you first, but other times you will have to do some research to find the right recruiter on your own. You will need to do your homework to find a good recruiter with a great reputation with both clients and, most importantly, companies in your area. A good recruiter will get personal, put in the time and effort to get to know you on a professional level, and take an interest in you finding the perfect move in the next step of your career. It’s also important that they are good communicators by keeping in touch with you and always getting back to you in a timely manner. When it comes down to it, you want someone who can showcase your strong points and present your best to employers.
Not only do you want to find a successful recruiter, it is very important to find a recruiter who specializes in your field. For instance, at M4 Workforce Solutions, we specialize in providing successful transitions for engineering, skilled industrial, and office professionals. Just like networking is great for the job hunt, it is also great for finding recruiters in your niche. Ask experienced professionals in your network for referrals to great recruiters that they have worked with in the past or ask your contacts about the recruiters that their employers use. Other resources include recruiter directories and industry message boards.
Once you have chosen a recruiter that you would like to move forward with, you will want to build an open and communicative relationship. Be honest, specific, and clear about your expectations and what you hope to accomplish with this transition in your career. A recruiter will appreciate knowing that you are serious about this process so keep in touch with them by checking in every week or two and make sure to respond to their inquiries in a timely and respectful manner. Make sure the recruiter has all of your updated contact information and vice versa, such as your primary phone number and email address. It may even be beneficial to connect with them on various platforms, such as LinkedIn. By building this relationship, the recruiter will be more invested in your transition and finding the perfect position for you, as well as working with you again in the future.
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