With the holiday season upon us, many professionals assume that finding a new job isn’t possible until the start of the new year. However, that isn’t actually the case.
Employment opportunities exist all year-round. By partnering with a recruiter, you can find out about exciting positions that are being filled during the holiday season, including many that aren’t openly advertised to the public. If you want to get on a recruiter’s “nice” list before the end of the year, here’s how to get started.
Have a “Getting to Know You” Session
When you connect with a recruiter, your goal should be to forge a strong relationship that feels like a genuine partnership. This allows you to work together effectively, increasing the odds that you both can achieve your goals.
Often, the easiest way to create a strong connection is to start with a “getting to know you” session. Essentially, you’ll participate in a Q&A, serving both as the person who asks questions and the one answering them.
When you speak with the recruiter, ask questions that allow you to learn more about their capabilities. You might want to find out how often they place candidates with backgrounds similar to yours, the companies and industries they focus on, whether they proactively market job seekers, and average placement times. That way, you can gain a greater understanding of what the recruiter offers, as well as what you should expect from the relationship.
Additionally, you need to be open when the recruiter asks questions about your abilities. If you don’t provide an accurate look into your job history, skills, education, and accomplishments, they won’t be able to match you with opportunities effectively. Plus, this gives the recruiter the opportunity to determine whether they feel they can bring something to the partnership, allowing them to decide if it’s a strong match as well.
Touch Base Regularly
Once you partner with a recruiter, you should touch base regularly. That way, you can give them updates on your side of the job search process or provide them with additional information. Further, it allows them to give you a progress report if they haven’t already reached out to discuss opportunities.
Speak with your recruiter and ask how frequently they will touch base with you or how often you need to reach out. If they have a preference, they will let you know. However, if they don’t provide you with a clear update schedule, reaching out once every one to two weeks should be enough. Anything more than that could be viewed as pestering, so avoid being overzealous about updates.
Be Honest When Discussing Opportunities
If a recruiter presents you with a position, you need to provide them with honest feedback. Let your recruiter know what you do and don’t like about the role, particularly if there are deal-breakers that, in your eyes, make the job not worth pursuing.
By being straightforward, you are helping the recruiter learn about your needs and preferences. This makes it easier for them to find better matches going forward.
However, make sure you listen to the recruiter’s feedback as well. They can help ensure that your expectations are realistic, increasing the odds that your job search will yield positive results.
By following the tips above, you can forge a strong partnership with a recruiter before the end of the year. If you’re looking for a skilled recruiter, the staff at The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us to speak with a member of our recruitment team today and see how our services can help you find a new position quickly and efficiently.