Howdy folks! Adam Rogers here, with another tip for helping you land a new job. I want to talk about working with recruiters, because they are an excellent resource to help you in your job search. I’m a recruiter so I should know. Here are some tips for working with people like me:
1. Never, ever, ever, pay a recruiter to find you a job, in fact my number one rule is, you should never have to pay to get a job. recruiters and staffing companies get paid based on putting you to work, but the company that hires you. You as the job seeker should never have to fork out any money.
2. Trust your recruiter when it comes to resume suggestions. We look at hundreds of resumes a day, yup a day, and we know what works and what doesn’t. Recruiters also have an in depth understanding of how people are going to find your resume online. So work with them to dial in your resume. Again, you should never have to pay someone to have your resume tweeked.
3. Be patient, recruiters are often working with multiple candidates, it’s nothing personal, but the hiring companies want to see more than one resume. So it takes time to get feedback, and there are any number of things that can slow up the process.
4. Don’t be surprised if you don’t get any feedback on your resume at all. Unfortunately with the sheer volume of resumes that recruiters see every day, it is virtually impossible to get back to everyone. It’s not that that we don’t want to get back to you, we just can’t.
5. Be prepared to be coached, and to take constructive criticism. Recruiters want you to get the job, so we will coach you on your interview prep, even on appearance. Once again we have knowledge about what our clients are looking for, their technical environment, and what soft skills they want to see. So trust your recruiter on that, it will help.
These are the basics, follow these simple rules and a recruiter can be a great resource for you, and one more option to help you land your next job.