How To Deal With Recruiters When Applying for Jobs

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Did you know there are more than 12,000 recruitment agencies in the UK? Each one has hundreds of clients.

If you're applying for jobs and you've never dealt with a recruitment agency before, you might be unsure about how it all works, as it's a bit different from applying for jobs directly.

If you're looking for tips on how to form great relationships with recruiters, you've come to the right place. We've got some handy tips that can help you nail getting your next job through a recruiter.

Work on Your CV

CV writing can be tough. Keeping your CV up to date is one of the best ways to help a recruiter to help you make a successful application. Keeping your CV as fresh as possible will be a huge help when applying to jobs. If you're struggling to flesh it out or make it relevant to your desired job opportunities, read our guide for writing the perfect CV.

Be Open About Your Goals and Expectations

Many job seekers struggle to open up to recruiters. They might feel like they shouldn't speak up if they want to change their career completely, or aren't keen on the job openings provided by the agent.

If you're feeling ambitious, let the recruiters know. They might have a great opportunity which could suit you perfectly. But you won't know about it unless you tell them.

That goes for salary expectations, too. If you feel you're worth more than you're currently making, speak up. The more open you are with recruiters, the better positioned they'll be to help you in your job search. 

Taking a Recruiter Call at Work

If a recruiter calls when you're at work, that can put you in an awkward position. Even if you're interested in discussing opportunities, it would be unprofessional to chat with a recruitment agency from your workplace!

Equally, you may not want to offend a potentially eager recruiter with a curt goodbye. If you're keen to land a job, causing offence should definitely be avoided.

The best thing to do in this situation is simply to ask the recruiter if they'd be free to talk another time. They understand that it's not always a good time to talk. They're likely to read between the lines if you say you're busy, so don't worry about offending anyone!

What to Expect From an Initial Recruiter Call

It's important to know what to expect when a recruiter calls you. Since you could be headhunted out of the blue, it's a good idea to be prepared even if you haven't sent your details off.

A recruitment agent is likely to get in contact if they've got a specific vacancy they're interested in filling. You can expect to have the position described to you and be given the opportunity to ask any questions.

The recruiter may also ask questions about your ability and experience. but remember this initial call is just to make preliminary contact. You'll have the chance to go over things in more detail in the following days and weeks at later stages of the recruitment process.

Ask for Help with the Interview Process

Nobody enjoys job interviews. It's a stressful situation for everyone, from fresh talent straight out of education to seasoned professionals with years of experience. Sometimes, it's good to have a little help going in. Read our guide for preparing for an interview.

Job interviews can vary wildly, depending on the nature of the job and the company. A good recruiter can give you a hand in preparing to wow your potential future employer. 

Remember, your recruitment agent may have sent job seekers to this employer before, so they might have a good idea of what to expect. 

Take it Easy

Searching for new job opportunities can be stressful. But when you work with a recruiter, there's no need to feel anxious. They aren't there to judge you or make demands. Their job is to help you progress.

You should be professional when interacting with recruitment agents, but you don't need to treat them the same way as you would with hiring managers. Don't feel the need to dress in a suit if you're going into their office for a simple chat. 

Try to relax. The more comfortable you feel with your recruitment agency, the smoother the process will go. Remember that a recruitment agent is on your side and their job is to help you through the recruitment process. 

Be Responsive

You've probably been in a situation where you've sent an important email, then sat back and waited for the reply. The days go by and no response ever comes. It makes it difficult for you to move forward while you're waiting on a response that may never come. 

The more responsive you are to emails from the recruiter, the more willing they'll be to go the extra mile to help you out.

Try to find the time to respond to emails promptly, or jump on a phone call at regular intervals. Let your recruitment agent know what you think of an idea, even if you're not interested. This will help them work more efficiently with you and find an amazing opportunity to help you advance. 

Don't Settle for Less When Applying for Jobs

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