When job hunting, teaming up with a recruiter can make the process a heck of a lot easier.
A recruiter can access hundreds of job opportunities and can help arrange things like your housing, money for food, and travel. Regardless of who your recruiter is, working together with them will allow you to find the position that will best fit you personally and financially. These are just a few of the things you can do to keep things smooth sailing while working with a recruiter.
1. Know your Goals
Before working with a recruiter, consider things like what type of environment you want to work in, where you want to go, and what kind of pay you are looking to make depending on your specialty. Determining these goals beforehand can help speed up the process and make the job search faster.
2. Keep your resume current
Not only should you always keep your resume up to date, but when it comes to applying for travel assignments, a current resume is vital! Recruiters receive hundreds of resumes a day, and it is not that yours isn’t important, but you would have a much higher chance of getting picked if they didn’t have to hound you for an up-to-date resume. Resumes should contain current certifications, setting experience, and the duties you performed during your employment.
3. Be Courteous and Respectful
Although most people only communicate with their recruiter via computer or cell phone, it is important to remember that they are human too. Recruiters spend extensive amounts of time finding the perfect position for you and showing recognition of their efforts is good for both parties. Don’t expect to owe your recruiter anything; it’s their job after all. However, a simple thank you message or email expressing your appreciation goes a long way.
4. Follow Through
It may seem obvious, but if you’ve accepted something that your recruiter has scheduled for you, be sure to go! Not only this but arrive on time and be prepared. You want to make good impressions for possible job opportunities and show your recruiter that you’re committed. Once you’ve started working a recruiter, your job status is now both of your concern so remember to be courteous with their time.
Since most of the communication is done via cell phone or email, be sure to respond to things on time. Recruiters understand that you are busy, but communication is key to completing the job process! Inform your recruiter of the places you are interested in, your skills, and desired settings. Having a recruiter is like having a friend during your travel journey! Once an opportunity arises, a prompt response will really show your interest.
6. Offer Referrals
Referrals not only benefit the recruiter, but the business too! Often, agencies offer incentives if you refer someone to their company. TopResume’s Career Advice Expert, Amanda Augustine, says, “When a recruiter contacts you with a job that isn’t a fit for or of interest to you, thank the recruiter for reaching out, explain the type of job you are interested in, and then offer to put the recruiter in touch with someone from your network who would be a better fit for their current open requisition”. If you know someone looking for a similar position, send them to the company and they might pay you!
7. Keep in Touch
A recruiter can become a lifelong friend in some instances. During the entire process, the recruiter learns a lot about you, and after weeks of talking, it might feel unusual to miss a day without hearing their voice. Most often, recruiters will contact you throughout your entire assignment; it’s not a parting of ways once you land the job. You don’t cut them loose once your job is done either! Now that you’ve worked together, it will only make the next assignment easier!
If you’re interested in finding a new assignment, get in touch with a recruiter. Regardless of who they are, they care about you and your journey. They want you to land that assignment just as much as you do, so working together is the fastest way to make it happen!