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How to: Successfully Work with a Recruiter

Recruiters at TalentFund Kansas City's premier staffing and recruitment firm in the Midwest

Working with a recruiter can be a valuable asset in your job search. Recruiters have access to job openings that may not be publicly advertised, and they can also provide guidance and feedback on your resume and interview skills. However, it's important to approach your relationship with a recruiter strategically in order to ensure success.

In this TalentFund blog post, we'll provide some tips on how to work with a recruiter to find the right job for you. It is important to note that working with a recruiter is a great resource to help guide you through the job search process, but you must be prepared to work together in a wide variety of ways to achieve your dream job. At the end of the day – we are all on the same team!

1. Build a Relationship

The first step in working with a recruiter is to build a relationship. This means taking the time to get to know the recruiter, understand their specialties, how they work, and letting them get to know you. Be honest about your career goals and your strengths and weaknesses. The more the recruiter knows about you, the better they can match you with the right job. In addition, if the recruiter feels like their firm might not be the right fit – they can provide suggestions and help point you in a better direction to achieve your goals.

2. Be Responsive and Communicate Always!

Recruiters often have tight deadlines to meet, so it's important to be responsive when they reach out to you. This means answering emails and phone calls promptly and being available for interviews. If you're unable to make a scheduled interview due to sickness or emergency, let the recruiter know as soon as possible so that they can communicate to their client properly. It is also important to loop your recruiter in on your full job search picture to ensure everyone is on the same page and there are no surprises throughout the process. Your recruiter is going to bat for you and their clients are expecting them to fully understands candidates being submitted. We are very aware that things change quickly in today’s current job market. We promise the more you communicate the better the outcome!

3. Keep an Open Mind

While it's important to have a clear idea of what you're looking for in a job, it's also important to keep an open mind. The recruiter may have opportunities that you hadn't considered or may suggest positions for you to think about. Be willing to listen and consider these suggestions but also share your honest feedback and only move forward with opportunities you are truly interested in.

4. Provide Feedback

After interviews, be sure to provide feedback to the recruiter. This includes both positive feedback and constructive criticism. Let the recruiter know what you liked about the company and the job, as well as any concerns you have. This will help the recruiter better understand your needs and preferences. In addition, be open to feedback the recruiter has received from the client. Both will help reach the end goal of landing your dream job.

5. Be Patient and Realistic

Finding the right job can take time, so it's important to be patient. Don't get discouraged if you don't find the right job right away. Be persistent and keep in touch with your recruiter(s) with all updates. Recruiters don’t have a magic eight ball to know what roles might be coming in the door, but I promise they are keeping you front of mind!

6. Be Professional

Remember that working with a recruiter is a strategy that involves capturing the ideal candidates for an organization in need. It can be an effective way to find your next job if you are dedicated to building a relationship, being responsive and properly communicate, keeping an open mind, providing feedback, being patient, and professional! Remember, we are here to HELP you!

If you are interested in exploring a professional relationship with a recruiter at TalentFund – please visit our website for more information.


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