Recruitment is evolving, and the way in which employers attract candidates to their vacancies has changed too. Growing numbers of organizations are turning to executive recruiters to help them source the best available talent rather than advertise their vacancy on job boards. Working with a specialist recruiter can help you gain access that hidden jobs market.
Here’s our advice to get the most out of your relationship with your executive recruiter:
A LinkedIn message or e-mail is a great way to reach out to a recruiter who specializes in your sector. The advantage of LinkedIn is that it gives them instant access to your profile and career history too. Keep your message concise; communicate your key skills and the types of positions you are interested in. Follow-up after a few days with a further message or telephone call if you don’t receive an immediate response.
Apply for a relevant job
Check the recruiter’s careers page and apply for advertised positions that fit your skill set. Again, follow-up a few days later to check if they’ve had the chance to review your application.
Don’t hide any gaps in employment or any time you were fired from a previous job. This will jeopardize your future relationship with your recruiter and – if the truth comes out after an interview with a prospective employer – your professional reputation. Be honest and explain the reasons for any difficult situations and what you’ve learned from them.
Be certain you want to move
Are you serious about your job search? If your inquiry is speculative at this stage, be upfront. Professionals who present themselves as active candidates only to turn down all interviews offered will find soon themselves out of the running.
Don’t state that you’ll accept any suitable position or relocate for the right job unless you mean it. At the same time, be aware that the more you limit your options (type of job, geographical location, industry sector or employers) the fewer vacancies will be offered to you.
If you’re approached by a headhunter, ask questions to demonstrate that you’ll only move for a serious opportunity. Inquire about the employer’s culture, size, career development opportunities, if the client has had any job offers rejected and why. Ask for a copy of the job description. Your career is a serious matter, treat it that way!
If you say ‘no’, explain why
Not every job presented to you will be an ideal match but it will help your recruiter if you explain why. Maybe your research revealed some negative online reviews about the organization’s interview process or culture. The more feedback you can give, the easier it is for a recruiter to identify a better job prospect for you in the future.
Whether it’s a former boss, people you managed or your co-workers, offer references that won’t jeopardize your existing job but will help your recruiter to gain insight into your experience and work ethic. Offering references without being asked for them emphasizes your intention to move for the right opportunity.
Keep in touch
While you’re waiting for a suitable jobs, check in with your recruiter every month to review progress and current vacancies in your sector. Make their job easier by providing them with a list of target employers you’d like to work with.
If a job isn’t right for you but you know someone who may be a great fit, provide a referral. Your relationship with your recruiter is two way and a qualified referral helps to build trust and your reputation within your network too.