Following on from Gill’s blog post (http://baraud.com/2014/06/27/love-Recruiters-said-one-ever-now/) I want to demonstrate the importance of professional relationships and how ultimately having a mutually beneficial relationship makes everyone happy.
Searching for a new job can be an arduous task whether you are in employment or out of work. Often people say that looking for a job is a full-time job in itself and often-times this is true. So what is the best way to find a new job? I believe that going through a Recruiter who has a thorough understanding and knowledge of the market is essential to get your foot in the door. This allows you as the job seeker to save time dropping your CV off at random companies and trawling through the Cayman Compass advertisements section day in and day out.
Whether it is temporary or permanent work you are looking for, Recruiters have lasting relationships with employers and so know what is happening today and also what may be happening in the future with their clients.
Using a Recruiter can not only free up some of your time from searching and networking it can also allow you build a long term professional relationship. Allow your Recruiter to keep you up to date with the latest market trends, changes in the offshore industry and other valuable information.
If you have never registered with an Agency before see some ways Recruiters can help you find the right job.
- Be forthright – on that first call/ email let us know why you are on the market and what it is you are looking for. Knowing what you do or do not want helps us to help you! Be sure of your minimum salary requirements, positions of interest as well as your availability to interview and start.
- CV tips – we have a few blogs on this already and the value and impact of this document cannot be underestimated. Listen to your Recruiter’s advice on possible changes needed to your CV. We know what companies are looking for so try take on board our advice and allow that first impression to be a spectacular one!
- Interview tips – depending on your experience interviewing you may be brought in for a mock interview by your Recruiter or sent across some questions to help you prepare. Any tips passed on are designed to make you more confident when you are sat across from a prospective employer. At the risk of sounding like a teacher, fail to prepare and prepare to fail etc.!
- Once we go through the first three steps we are hopefully calling you shortly with an offer! Easy peasy 😉
If you establish a trusting relationship with your Agency and Recruiter you will know what roles are out there that suit your skill-set as well as them knowing where you are interviewing and what you are most interested in. This allows all parties (candidate, recruiter, client) to not waste any time and work as a partnership.
If you are already on “the books” here are some ways to keep yourself at the forefront of your Recruiters mind:
- Send through an updated CV, particularly if there are any additions to add e.g. work or education
- Check out the website – are there any roles on Baraud.com of interest to you? With high volumes of applications and candidates you may have slipped through the net so don’t hesitate to pop across a note.
- Send a brief email updating on any news such as pregnancy, holidays, change of career course or simply no longer being available.
While the client is the one who ultimately calls the shots if you have an honest relationship with your Recruiter you can be guaranteed you will find it easier to secure interviews and even roles as they will work hard on your behalf.
The role of a Recruiter is not just to help you with the opportunity on offer in the here and now but to assist you as you grow and advance throughout your career. Referrals and candidates who return again and again are undoubtedly the lifeblood of any agency and so it is this relationship that reigns supreme.
Happy hunting! If you need a refresher on some of the points touched on here check out some of our old blogs:
- Making your CV work: http://baraud.com/2014/04/02/making-cv-work/
- Dressing for interviews: http://baraud.com/2012/12/10/dress-for-success/
- Avoiding interview mistakes: http://baraud.com/2012/11/26/top-ten-interview-mistakes/