If you’re tired of searching the big job boards, only to send your resume into a seeming black hole, you might want to reach out to a staffing agency. A recruiter can connect you with opportunities that you would never have found on your own, help you craft a winning resume, assist you with nailing the interview, and even guide you through accepting an offer. Best of all, these services are free for job seekers. But your relationship with your recruiter is a two-way street.
Here are some tips on making the relationship a successful one.
You might think that signing up with multiple staffing agencies will increase your odds of finding a job, but this strategy can backfire. Many companies work with more than one agency, so you risk having your resume submitted numerous times for the same job. This can make you look unprofessional, and is a great way to ensure that employers pass you by. It can also make your recruiters uncomfortable, as you’re putting them in a position of competing with each other to represent you.
Instead, take the time to research a few agencies that specialize in your field, and then choose the one that feels like the right fit. You’ll be able to build a deeper, more trusting relationship with a recruiter who knows just how to position you in the job market.
Most recruiters are excellent at assessing candidates and determining which opportunities to pursue for each one. But your recruiter can’t do that unless you’re honest. Avoid the temptation to puff up your background and achievements, or to pretend to be something you’re not. Also, be clear about your preferences. Your recruiter can do the best job for you if he or she knows what you’re looking for in a new job.
Learn the staffing agency’s policies and procedures, and be sure to follow them. Find out how and when to check in, how often you will hear from your recruiter, how to update your availability, and even how to request help with your resume and interview skills. The more work you put in, the more you will receive, but be careful not to overdo it. Calling your recruiter every day won’t make more jobs suddenly come available.
Come Back When You Need to
It’s possible that your recruiter will find you a lifelong career. But it’s more likely that things will change over time, and you’ll eventually be ready for a different position. If you’re ready to move on, don’t be afraid to let your recruiter know, even if it’s been years. Your recruiter already knows you, and may be able to take what you’ve learned in your most recent position and parlay it into something that is a better fit.