Even if you don’t sign up to a recruitment agency, you are likely to encounter a professional recruiter at some point in your job search. This could be someone from an agency employed by the company you’re applying for or an in-house recruiter based within their HR or resourcing team.
Recruiters are a great source of information on your potential employer, especially when it comes to the application and selection process.
We’ve put together a few simple tips to help you get the most out of working with them.
Make a connection
There are more ways than ever for you to connect with recruiters. These include:
Sending introduction requests on LinkedIn
Getting in touch via Twitter
Leaving a comment on the company’s Facebook careers page
Contacting them through the company’s careers site
Here at Enterprise, we make it easy for prospective candidates by providing full contact information including social media links for all of our local recruiters.
There may well be opportunities for you to meet recruiters in person, at open days, careers fairs and recruitment events. You should take these opportunities whenever you can. After all, the best way to get your face in front of a potential employer is to attend and put your networking skills to the test in the process.
The application and selection process should always be a two-way thing. This isn’t just about you proving yourself to be the ideal candidate. This is about you and the company you’re applying for finding out whether you are a suitable fit for each other. To that end, the best policy is always to be completely honest with recruiters – and yourself – about what it is you’re looking for from a position and what you feel you can offer your employer in return.
Let the recruiter help you
When it comes to getting your ideal job, the recruiters of the company you are applying for are the out-and-out experts. So don’t be shy about asking for information that could help your cause. How can you make sure you stand out at the assessment centre? What can you expect from an interview? And, of course, if a recruiter offers you advice on anything, from what to wear to your interview to how to format your CV, then be sure to follow it to the letter.
Most recruiters are extremely friendly. But it’s important to remember that they are not your friends. They are professional contacts. It’s also important to remember that, while they will be keen to help you in your career search, they do not ultimately work for you. Their loyalty is with the company they work for, and their job is to find their company the most talented and highly motivated people they can. So you need to make sure you present yourself as a suitable potential colleague at all times.
Our local recruiters are based all over the country and will be happy to answer any questions you have about our opportunities at Enterprise. Why not reach out to one of our recruiters today.