You’re working with a recruiter and feeling confident they will put you on the path to your next job. In many ways, a recruiter can have a positive impact on your job search. However, what you may not realize is how you behave with a recruiter can greatly impact your ability to land interviews and, ultimately, secure the job of your dreams.
With industry insights and connections, a recruiter can help you find job openings you might not be able to find otherwise. To break it down, here are three examples of what not to do when working with a recruiter.
1. Don’t act unprofessional with your recruiter.
Just because a recruiter isn’t a hiring manager doesn’t mean you should dismiss them as someone you don’t have to impress. In fact, a recruiter can be the stepping stone to your next job which means you should bring your A game to all your interactions. This means being punctual for all phone calls or meetings, as well as treating every conversation with them as though you’re speaking with a potential employer. Remember, your recruiter may ultimately be your biggest advocate for getting a job – you don’t want to blow it by acting unprofessional or rude!
2. Don’t hold back in communicating with your recruiter.
To have an effective and meaningful relationship with a recruiter, it’s imperative you’re forthcoming in what you communicate with them about your qualifications and career goals. Because a recruiter technically works directly for an employer, their top priority will be to ensure you’re a fit for their client’s workforce needs.
Mispresenting yourself to a recruiter will not only be detrimental to your career in the long run, but harmful to a recruiter’s reputation. Being honest with your recruiter about your experience, education and credentials will always result in the best outcomes. Most importantly, when you present yourself truthfully, your recruiter will be able to provide valuable feedback that will help you better navigate the job search.
3. Don’t bring up money right away.
Think about this this way: Would you immediately bring up salary requirements during your first interview with a company? Probably not. The same protocol goes for working with a recruiter. Talking about money right off the bat can make you seem presumptuous, and that compensation is your only concern. While it may be tempting to bring up the topic of pay, it’s in your best interest to be patient and let the conversation run its course.
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