Finding a new job isn’t easy, despite the many industries and opportunities in Silicon Valley. Whether you are searching in Palo Alto, San Jose or the City, working with a Recruiter can help. Perhaps it’s been years since you last worked with a Recruiter, you’ve changed careers, changed geographies, want to find temporary employment or you just never needed a Recruiter before. No matter the reason, we’ve compiled some tips on how to work with a Recruiter to help you make the most of this valuable job hunting resource.
Check Them Out-Nicely
Spam abounds in the digital age and the job search is no different. Maintaining an online social profile or posting a resume on a job board will undoubtedly invite contact with recruiters. Recruiters that may work for a temporary staffing company, employment agency or consulting company in addition to Corporate Recruiters. That’s a good thing! However, not all Recruiters are alike and some can be downright scary. Niche specialties, sourcing philosophies and customer service models will vary widely from one Recruiter to another. So much like dating you need to assess if the individual Recruiter or firm is a good fit. Menlo Partners Staffing recruits for roles in corporate headquarters such as finance and human resources so we aren’t the ideal match for candidates seeking software engineering roles. Make sure the firm you choose has expertise in the type of roles you desire and with your target audience. Internet research and online reviews are a good place to start but the only real way to learn if it is a match is to talk with them.
Use caution when asking for information that can be confidential or proprietary to the firm. Recently we received an email from an applicant who submitted a blind resume via our website. In the email the candidate demanded to know our total number of openings and number of placements, age ranges of those placements etc. If we couldn’t give him that data he wouldn’t work with us. What? Ultimately, I believe the applicant wanted to be assured that we recruit for roles with similar seniority and feel comfortable trusting us with his career. He wanted to learn about our target client base and industries we service. All of these questions are reasonable and logical, but as a first impression, the communication left something to be desired. A conversational tone and open mind will go a long way to establishing trust for all parties.
Make it Easy
Business News Daily says these are the top five things job seekers should do when working with a Recruiter, keep all of your information up-to-date, show that you’re a good fit for the job, put your best foot forward (employers will hear about it), set expectations up front, and know that Recruiters have your interests at heart.
“If a Recruiter calls you at work in the middle of a hectic day and you’re thinking long-term, you’ll ask for their number and call them back at a more suitable time. Many will be happy to talk to you outside of work hours.” Recruiters understand and want to work with passive candidates, so they are usually willing to meet with you on your lunch, or call you after work. Honesty is key. Be clear about your intentions and interest in the particular position. If you were fired or feel you are underpaid let the Recruiter know these things.
Job searching is hard, but you don’t have to go it alone, there are people who can help.