The Two Things Your Recruiter Needs To Know About You

06 March 2019

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Almost any recruiter will tell you that having a strong, long-term relationship with them will enhance your career success.

A recruiter is a person who can support you in your job search by identifying suitable roles, approaching companies for you, and giving you expert advice. 

But that's only if you give them all the information they need from the start.

Director of Resolver Recruitment, Virginia Brookes says these are the two most important things your recruiter needs to know about you.

1. Why you're leaving your current position

Your reasons for wanting to leave a role could be anything; the lack of progression, your boss's management style, or aspects of the role. 

Whatever the reason, it's always best to relay this information in a professional and positive way. 

Instead of saying "I can't stand my boss because they hover over me all day" you could say "I prefer to be given autonomy and be trusted to get on with the task at hand".

The recruiter will keep this information confidential, using it only to eliminate unsuitable roles.

"Being fully aware of the reasons you are moving on from your current employer allows recruiters to really do their job properly and find you a role that meets nearly all of your expectations," Ms Brookes said.

"Just be prepared to listen to some advice though - they may be able to guide you to something you never thought would be perfect but is!"

2. What you want in a new role

You spend more time at work than you do anywhere else, so think carefully about what you want from your next move.

What are your non-negotiables? What are the things you'd be willing to negotiate on?

"Be clear about what salary expectations are, but also think about what a realistic salary package is for your overall dream role that ticks every other single box. 

"Your recruiter will be able to work with you too on what market rates are and if you are being realistic. They have an in-depth knowledge of the marketplace and can guide you in the right way," Ms Brookes said.

Above all, just be honest

The more your recruiter knows, the better positioned they are to help you get where you want to be.

"Maintain a direct line of communication with your recruiter at all times and remain transparent about your current situation. The more your recruiter knows, the better they can effectively deal with situations that may arise through the job search process.

"Keep your recruiter updated with any other interviews or offers from companies you're considering, and return calls and messages with any new opportunities, or give feedback after each interview.

Ms Brookes said the biggest bugbear for recruiters is candidates who go AWOL.

"Candidates that seem to go missing and who don't return calls in reasonable time frames can get recruiters and clients off-side. As the saying goes, treat your recruiter how you would like to be treated yourself.

"Your recruiter will be acting as your career partner and will be your biggest advocate in the market place. This can dramatically increase your chances of finding your dream role."