7 Tips: Get the Most out of Your next Meeting with a Recruiter
When searching for a new role, visiting a recruiter can feel like a welcome respite from the grind. Finally, an insider in the industry who can help you! Whilst this is certainly correct, most visitors to a recruitment agency are missing one important thing: preparation.
Your recruiter sees numerous people every day, and sometimes up to 12 people a week: so be ready to concisely and accurately communicate what you personally are needing in your job hunt. Be ready with a checklist of the burning questions you want to know, and maximise your time with them. Remember: you need to interview them, as much as they interview you!
Here are our top seven points to check off in your next meeting with a recruiter.
Get an honest assessment of your most current CV.
When it comes to your curriculum vitae, it’s really a case of different strokes for different folks. Some industries only want to see a brief one page summary, whilst others want to see your experience in detail.
By seeing an industry-specific recruiter, you will be given insights to the latest trends and expectations when it comes to the application process. And don’t be offended if you have some tweaking to do: constructive criticism is crucial to growth!
Find out if they can proactively market you to their trusted contacts.
We’ve all been there: walking on clouds after an amazing meeting with a well-connected recruiter. But as the days and weeks go by without a call, the deflation sets in as you realise they were full of hot air.
In your meeting, find out their strategy: who are their relevant connections? And when can you expect a successful connection? Work towards quantifying a result, and you won’t be left with big promises and little action.
Assess if they can open doors where you can’t.
Getting your foot in the door is step one to finding a role in your chosen industry. Australia is notorious for its ‘closed’ attitude, particularly in the creative industries where internal promotion or personal referrals reign supreme.
Try and ascertain if your chosen recruiter has sufficient reach to get YOUR foot in the door. Who are their contacts? Do they know any of the people who you aspire to work with? Be prepared with a list of names and companies you wish to work with, and see what they say.
Will they be able to offer impartial advice?
It is crucial to find a recruiter who can remain evenhanded and unbiased in their management of your employment opportunities. Young or old, well-experienced or new to the market, your recruiter should treat your job seeking journey with equal importance as all others.
Push for an assessment of the market.
Optimise your time with the recruiter by getting the one thing you need the most: an honest assessment of your desired industry, and the employment market that sits within it. Are there many roles available? What are the major trends moving through the roles available? Should you be waiting a few months before you resign from your current role?
These are all questions that will help to shape your employment journey: job markets can surge forward with new roles, just as quickly as they can shrink back with job cuts. Be careful before leaping in.
Ask for an assessment of your transferable skills.
Whether your current role is highly specific, or placed broadly across several responsibilities, there will always be a solid set of transferable skills to market in your CV. Use your time with the recruiter to pinpoint what these are. They will be the best person to spot the skills that will make you a more employable option.
Get a realistic picture of who you are, and how you place in your industry.
As mentioned above: constructive criticism is crucial to growth! If you feel like you have been knocking on the door of your dream job without an answer for too long, then maybe it’s time to change your approach. A good recruiter will be able to tell your honestly what your chances are, and how to improve them. Be open to change, be open to their suggestions, and most of all: leave your ego at the door!