The Do’s and Don’ts of Working with Recruiters

The Do’s and Don’ts of Working with Recruiters

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If you are looking for the perfect job opportunity, you should consider working with recruiters to help you find good career options. In a previous post, we discussed some of the finer details of finding and communicating with a recruiter. To be as successful as possible, make sure that you remember what to do and what not to do when working with a recruiter.

Don't: Bail

If a recruiter sets you up for an interview, do not bail! Do everything in your power to go to the interview. If you absolutely are unable to make it, let the recruiter know as well in advance as possible. Your recruiter might start letting others know about opportunities instead of you if you don't seem to be taking things seriously, and you could get a bad reputation in the industry if you become known as a no-show. Insider Tip: in today’s era of digital hiring, your profile can be tagged and flagged for non-professional interview etiquette.

Do: Focus on Communication

Make sure that you communicate with your recruiter regularly. Contact him or her often to let them know that you are truly interested and to find out about other potential opportunities. Also, be sure to let the recruiter know if an employer contacts you directly. Insider Tip: it’s a recruiter’s job to be on the phone all day talking to (potential) candidates and making matches. You’re not being annoying when you check in even after you’ve fallen out of the race for a specific position.

Do: Be Polite

Be polite and professional when working with a recruiter and when working with potential employers. Remember to always grab a business card and send in a "thank you" note to employers who interview you, for example. It's the right thing to do, and it can also help you stay in the forefront of the reviewer's mind. Insider Tip: when you send your thank you email, CC your recruiter so they can use your message as a sales tool if the hiring manager appears undecided during the decision-making stage.

These are just a few things that you should and should not do when working with a recruiter. If you need additional assistance in finding a job, we’ve got you covered.

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