eLooking for a job has always been challenging. It’s a time-consuming process that requires you to pitch your skills to total strangers, putting yourself out there in an anxiety-producing set of activities that could lead you to rejection. Gross, right? No one likes hunting for a new job, even in this market where it seems like everyone is hiring. How can a recruiter make this onerous process a little more palatable?
A Recruiter is Your Secret Weapon
There are benefits to finding the right recruiter to help you during your job search. Recruiters in staffing agencies work with job seekers to help them find the right fit. The client, a company, hires the recruiting team to fill a job. That means their work with you is completely free. A recruiter can:
- Review your resume and make suggestions to improve it.
- Help you practice your interview skills.
- Give you career advice to help guide your decision-making.
- Give you insider information on the jobs you’re considering.
- Help you understand the Thousand Oaks job market.
- Pitch you to the employer, making it more likely that you’ll get the interview.
- Help you negotiate a better salary or hourly wage.
- Let you know about the hidden jobs that employers haven’t even posted yet.
A recruiter can do all these things—and more. They do their work and also attend to your job search confidentiality. If you’re worried your current employer might find out you’re looking, that information won’t typically come from a recruiter.
Recruiters want to help you get hired. But not all recruiters are created equal. Look for a recruiter that feels like a good match not only for your areas of expertise but also for your personality. But the truth is, recruiting is a two-way relationship. You also have some responsibilities to the recruiter that you build a working relationship with. Recruiters can help you, but there are some rules you should follow to improve your working relationships with these job search professionals.
Rules of Etiquette for Working with a Staffing Recruiter
First, never ghost a recruiter. Thousand Oaks recruiting teams run in tight markets, just like they do in other locations. If you fail to respond after working with a recruiter, standing them up in front of an employer, for example, it will damage your reputation with that employer and with other hiring teams in the region.
Do what you say you’ll do with these professionals. If you tell a recruiter you’ll send them a resume, follow through on this promise. Or, let the recruiter know you’re heading in a different direction. It’s not really appropriate to string a recruiter along and not be transparent about where you are in your job search—especially if the two of you have been working together.
Staffing agency recruiters can extend your network extensively. These professionals add your resume to an applicant tracking system (ATS) database so that you can stay in the loop as new jobs that fit your skills pop up. This is an immediate and excellent way for you to improve your job search efficiency.
Pride Staff Thousand Oaks works closely to bridge gaps between the candidate and top employers. Call on our team today to find out how we can help your job search.