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How to improve your relationship with your recruitment consultant

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You might be thinking, why should I even bother to form a relationship with any recruitment agency for that matter? You might have landed an interview but not the position at hand. So, you give up as a result because you did not land a job. Definitely not! Keep in mind that a recruitment agency still keeps your CV on its records for future opportunities. Should they find another position, you might be contacted again for another possible position. Rethinking the statement, you made earlier? You should be. Here are ways in which you can improve your relationship with the recruitment consultant:

  • Communication 101: it is always a good idea to keep in contact with the recruitment consultant who assisted you with your previous interview. You could always send a short email thanking the recruiter for assisting you and also inquire if any future opportunities become available if they would keep you in mind for the position. Remember not to overdo the sending of emails to the recruitment agency, keep it to a minimum but still keep in touch with them. You are trying to create a solid foundation with the recruiter by building up trust and in the end a professional relationship. Remember it’s all about good communication, your network, and who you know.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions: knowledge is power. Asking questions could potentially open up more doors for you than you realize. For example, you could ask the recruiter if there are any available internships within their company or perhaps if they know of a company offering internships. You could apply for the internship program and it could change your whole perspective on your current career path and field. By doing this, you are showing the recruiter that regardless of not being successful in the position that you applied for, you are willing to learn in order to improve your skills, knowledge, and expertise. Recruiters prefer applicants who are not fearful of a challenge and who are willing to improve their knowledge and skills to get to their specific long- and short-term goals.
  • First impressions: you must realize how important first impressions are to recruiters. This includes the language of an email, your CV format as well as your communication skills. The way you dress when you show up to an interview says a lot about your character and who you are as a person. For example: if you are invited to a Zoom Meeting, ensure that you are presentable, fully prepared, and dressed to impress. This will create a good and hopefully lasting impression with the recruiter. From the moment a Recruiter starts interacting with you, they can immediately establish whether you would be a good fit or not for their company by the way you dress, your body language, how you answer questions, and how you portray yourself
  • . With that in mind, do not forget to make use of professional language as well as business etiquette rules when it comes to interviews. Remember to be confident, smile and ask questions when you are unsure or details are missing or incomplete.
  • Choose wisely: remember that many recruitment agencies have different ways of filling positions in the modern technological age. Some recruiters charge a fee before you even send in your CV – be very careful of potential scams out there. If a recruitment agency asks you for a fee upfront, the best thing to do is walk away. Remember you want to work with a reputable agency that will assist you during every step of the process to ensure job success. Be very cautious when you are choosing a recruitment agency and ensure that the agency you chose works honestly and ethically and is suitable for you.
  • Honesty: without honesty, no relationship can be successful. Honesty is the best policy. When you apply for a position, take down notes so that you know exactly whom you have sent your CV, which company you applied to, and the date when you sent out your CV so that you do not submit your CV multiple times to the same recruiter.

Be honest in an interview when it comes to the particular job role which you are after, your salary expectations, and the hours which you are comfortable working, and do not forget to mention your skills. If you do not have a particular skill and say for example the position you are applying for requires such a skill, be honest with the employer and say that you do not have this skill but you are willing to learn or go for training to acquire those skills


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