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As an active candidate or even a passive candidate in the market for a new direction in your career, it is well known that you are likely to get tons of calls and emails on a regular basis with potential career opportunities. How can you decide what to pursue first and what opportunities are worth pursuing? We want you to know trade secrets and how you can work effectively with senior recruits in the industry.

With unemployment in the IT sector remaining below 3%, the IT labour market is still hot especially in the area of Cloud Computing. This means that as an active or passive candidate in the field of information technology, you should not find any shortage of opportunities available to you although Cloud Computing can be a little specialised . Many of the candidates I’ve known in the past even do things like create a separate email list to gather potential opportunities. However, the key issue with this approach is that half of the emails and posts may not be the best match.

Recruiters, look for the same goal and the candidate who is identifying the best possible opportunity in a specific timeframe. So with so much to choose from and a lot of recruiters out there, how do you get the most out of your time when you work with a recruiter? I’m glad you asked!

Here are 8 tips to help you get the most out of your recruiter

BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP IS ALWAYS THE FIRST STEP

This is the essence of determining the best choice to follow. While different recruitment may have access to different sites, it is always best to find a few recruitment companies that you enjoy working with and that provide the level of service you are looking for. By doing this, the recruiter also remembers you, appreciates loyalty, and you will probably get the first phone call every time there is a new opening that may suit your needs.

BE TRANSPARENT

A good recruiter will elaborate their process with you or as much information as they can get from the client (we do not always know everything). Accordingly, it is best to meet on common ground to allow us to relay feedback to our customers. So if you have other offers or if the task presented is not your highest choice, let us know so that we can see if there is a way to correct the situation or find something that would be a better option.

REPRESENT YOURSELF WELL, MAKE AN IMPRESSION

Make sure you are on time, your personal hygiene is high, and you are smart in appearance for each meeting with the recruiter. That way they know you will represent them well in an interview. The recruiter’s credibility is always on the line in interviews.

TREAT YOUR RECRUITER AS YOU WISH TO BE TREATED

Treat your recruiter as a person, not an obstacle. It’s amazing how often candidates are critical, controversial, or humiliating to hiring consultants because of past experiences. Recruiters are people who will go the extra mile for candidates who are polite and respectful.

DO NOT HOLD JOB SECRETS ABOUT YOUR JOB SEARCH

There is nothing worse for a recruiter than contacting a company on your behalf to find that your CV is already on the file there. Honesty is really important when dealing with a recruiter.

STAY CONNECTED

We really do not like contacting you by only the phone. To make the process easier, it is best we have as many forms of contact as timely communication helps us work through the process and we do not have to rely just on a number.

BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR SKILL SET

While we all like to highlight the areas that we can perform well in, do not over rate your skills. To get a more productive interview we really need to understand your strong points so we can prevent sending you to an incorrect interview for a job that you may not be willing to do or we can highlight the good areas of improvement so the client knows what to expect when you meet.

BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR RATE

About 90% of the time we have set parameters that we cannot exceed and it is in our best interest to make you happy with the rate of wages. 

CONCLUSION

When you start a job search or communicating with a recruiting agency these should be your first steps. Recruiters are always looking for great people; they often have insight into employment and employment trends; they can take advantage of existing relationships with clients and candidates for your benefit. They can be a truly an indispensable resource.  They have long-range connections in a very in demand IT industry, know hundreds of different roles and types of jobs, and have resources that can enhance any search function.

It is worth taking the time to build a strong relationship with them. This way you are more likely to find yourself in front of the right employer, over and over, throughout your entire career.

Finally, show your improved relationship as a new way to find work, start building positive relationships with a recruiter – starting today!

At Nelson Hilliard we specialise in cloud technologies, sourcing the top 20% of cloud professionals inspired to work for you through our specialised marketing and profiling. If you are interested in having a quick talk to me regarding your employment needs please feel free to reach out.

You can also check my availability and book your 15 minute discovery call here.

Brad Nelson