Rule #1: Be who you are.
Yes, you want to find a new job. You may even be borderline desperate to get one. But that doesn’t mean you should to pretend to be something you’re not. For instance, if an opportunity opens up that requires five to seven years of experience working in sales, and you have 15 years of experience in project management, don’t pretend that you’re a good fit for the position, just because you want a job…any job.
Rule #2: Talk about communication.
When you first meet with a recruiter, ask them how often they plan to communicate with you and via which mode – email, phone call, or text. That way, you know what to expect and don’t over- or under-communicate with them. And if you contact your recruiter and they don’t get back to you immediately, don’t badger them. They’re likely just busy working with clients and other candidates.
Rule #3: Be honest about compensation.
Even if you’re having a hard time finding a new job, don’t drop your salary request too much. Instead, be open and honest with your recruiter about how much you were or are making and what you’d like to earn in terms of salary and compensation in your next job. Also, when a recruiter asks you about salary, don’t be hesitant to answer. They need this information upfront in order to properly represent you to the clients they have.
Rule #4: Follow up.
After you interview with one of the recruiter’s hiring companies, contact the recruiter immediately to let them know how it went. Even if it didn’t go well, the recruiter will want to know so they can look for other opportunities to match you with. You may also receive some valuable feedback about your interviewing skills and find out about any concerns the hiring manager expressed.
Professional recruiters have broad networks within a range of companies and industries. So while you might be scouring job ads and applying diligently, an experienced recruiter can give you access to opportunities that aren’t always advertised. That said, in order to take full advantage of the relationship, you need to follow the above unwritten rules.
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