5 Ways for Job Seekers to Get the Most Out of a Recruiter

December 17th, 2015

Toronto Executive Search & Marketing Recruiter Bruce Powell
By Bruce Powell, Founder & Executive Recruiter

Using a recruiter is an effective way to get the inside track on potential job opportunities, but if you want to get the most out of a recruiter, tap into their expertise, and secure job interview opportunities with the top companies in your industry, you need to understand how to interact effectively with your recruiter.

Here are 5 ways to get the most out of working with a recruiter:

1. Be honest

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Being honest is one of the most important factors in the job search process. First of all, if you lie to your recruiter, you will lose their trust and fracture your relationship with them. Not being completely honest about experience, qualifications and skills could hurt your chances for securing a job. Recruiters use the information you provide to match you to opportunities. If you are not honest, they could be matching you to positions that are not right for you.

2. Trust your recruiter

Recruiters know the industry, they know the jobs that are available, and they know the types of candidates that organizations are looking for. Trust the advice of your recruiter. If they provide you with tips, listen carefully and use them.

3. Prove you are a star candidate

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The easier you can make it for a recruiter, the more you will be able to get out of them. Be a ready and willing participant in the job search process, and don’t expect your recruiter to be able to find you your dream job without your assistance. Do your homework upfront, come prepared with examples of positions you are interested in and be ready to discuss how you are a great candidate. The more information you can provide, the easier it will be for them to find a potential position for you.

4. Be appreciative

Showing your appreciation and being gracious will go a long way. Recruiters are working with multiple candidates and companies all the time. Treating them with respect, following through, and simply saying thank you will win them over – and they may even be willing to go the extra mile to help you out.

5. Hold up your end

Every time a recruiter sends a candidate on an interview, their reputation is on the line. If a recruiter secures an interview for you, it’s important that you hold up your end of the bargain. Go to the interview prepared, present yourself professionally, and be a gracious candidate. If you interview well, even if you don’t get the job, a recruiter will recognize this and be willing to go to bat for you when other opportunities arise.

Learn more about working with a Toronto recruiter, check out our Tips from a Headhunter for Job Seekers blog category and these articles:

How to Get Found By a Headhunter on LinkedIn

How to Ace a Skype Interview with a Headhunter

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm in Toronto. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.