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Two more golden rules for working well with recruiters

Choose recruiters who know about upcoming vacancies

Avoid recruitment firms which only put you forward for existing vacancies because you will be constantly competing against multiple agencies and a larger number of candidates, says Neil Dyball, a manager at Robert Walters' financial Services division.

"Established regional networks allow the agency to deal with the real decision maker, who might be based offshore. This way they will often know about an opening before the local HR team is aware and once again can introduce you before the role goes live," adds Dyball.

The more information, the better

When meeting your recruiter for the first time, be open and honest about your background, experience and career aspirations, says Stella Tang, division manager, financial services, Robert Half. "He or she needs to know as much about your professional life as possible to find the right position for you. What are your salary requirements? Do you prefer working for a large or small firm? Are you willing to travel?"

The information you provide may prompt your recruiter to suggest promising positions or career paths that you may not have previously considered. "You should also disclose to your recruiter any aspects of your work history that may generate concern from prospective employers, such as a long period of unemployment or a termination. The more upfront you are, the easier it will be for your recruiter to assist you," adds Tang.

AUTHORSimon Mortlock Content Manager
  • Jo
    12 May 2011

    Have to disagree. A good recruiter will give you insight into the roles you are applying for. This will help guide you in researching for the role, and will allow you to present yourself best for the role, not just in terms of dress, but also in highlighting your abilities and achievements that are good matches for the role.

    A good recruiter works to understand your skills and experience, is well connected, and proactively brings suitable roles to your attention.

    Not all recruiters are good. If yours isn't - keep looking!

  • Se
    25 November 2010

    First golden rule of recruitment is, try to avoid recruiters at all costs.
    Second rule is, when in doubt, go back to rule one.

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