Working with a recruiter is part of a smart job search strategy that gives you access to new opportunities and expert advice. Plus, in the case of AppleOne, it’s all free. Working with a recruiter does not mean you can put your search on cruise control though. There are some things you need to do to get the most from your relationship.
Keep Your Own Job Search Humming
A recruiter opens up new avenues of a job search, but they won’t be looking in the same places you would look. Maybe your recruiter finds you a great job first or maybe you find it first. You never know where that great job will come from, so never put all your eggs in one basket.
Update Your Recruiter Regularly
Having another person sending in resumes on your behalf is a good thing, but doubling up on applications is not. Hiring Managers don’t like it when an applicant is a bit too eager to join a company, and sending in multiple resumes at the same time, could disqualify you for consideration. Update your recruiter consistently with where you have applied, as well as any opportunities you might pursue.
Let Your Network Know Who You are Working With
Share your network with your recruiter and share your recruiter with your network. Connect with your recruiter on LinkedIn. One of your contacts may be exactly who your recruiter needs to get in with a company where they can place you or one of your friends. Or, one of their connections may be just what you need to get the job you are going after on your own. Similarly let your social network know you are working with a recruiter. This is a great way to remind your network to be on the lookout for opportunities for you, and if any of your friends and family are looking for work themselves, your recruiter will appreciate the referral. Your recruiter will work hard for you either way, but they will go the extra mile for you if you show them that you are also willing to help them.
Keep an Open Mind
One of the benefits of working with a recruiter during your job search is that it opens you up to opportunities of which you may not have been aware. Some may be direct hire positions, others may be temporary positions, but keeping an open mind will allow you to take the opportunities that are best for you. It’s important to also remember that temporary jobs turn into direct hire jobs all the time, so what may start out as a short assignment could quickly become the next important step in your career!