Best Practices When Working with a Recruiter

Posted: 10.06.2020
Best Practices When Working with a Recruiter

Choosing to work with a recruiter to help you in your job search can offer a lot of benefits. Not only do they have inside knowledge about specific industries and tricks on how the hiring process works, they can also assist you with tweaking your resume or providing you with interview tips.

Below are some tips for if you currently are or for when you decide to work with a recruiter.

What does a recruiter need to know about you and your career goals?
To help you in your job search in the best way possible, a recruiter will need to know what your dream job looks like. Think about:
  • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
  • What kind of company would you like to work at?
  • Are you currently taking any steps to try and achieve these goals?
Once this is established, you and your recruiter can discuss realistic steps you can take to achieve your aspirations. Remember that the recruiter will have some level of insight into your area of interest like what the market and competition may look like in that moment.

Remember that this is a relationship.
Just like any friendship or relationship, trust is an important factor. Make sure you feel comfortable working with your recruiter by being able to speak openly about your current work situation and ask any questions. You recruiter should also be able to trust you during the process by making sure that you show up on time to scheduled interviews and follow up with the recruiter after it’s complete.

Don’t “ghost” your recruiter.
We’re all familiar with the term “ghosting” in the dating world, but it can also apply to those in recruiting. Don’t ghost your recruiter, especially if they have already sent your resume or set up an interview for you. Communicate and respond to your recruiter in a timely manner as best as you can.

Keep your recruiter in the loop.
Make sure you make your recruiter aware of any changes or additions to your cover letter and resume. For example, if you have recently completed a certification or designation or even if you’ve moved locations.

Ask for feedback.
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice whether it’s about your resume, training, or interview skills. Any feedback that you get from your recruiter will help you now and in the long run with achieving your career goals.

Keep in touch with your recruiter.
Even after you got the job, keep in touch with your recruiter. A good recruiter will want to keep in touch with you and will be interested in how you progress into the career of your dreams.

You can check out this video to learn more, featuring Director of Recruiting, Eglys Perez, at

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Written by Sandra Toth, Marketing Coordinator, is a full-service recruitment organization, including Website, Career Fairs, full-service Recruitment Division and Outplacement Services. The local focus and advanced features make a vital asset for both job seekers and employers within the Greater Toronto Area. Visit our Online Career Centre for additional articles on Career Development, Personal Branding and more!
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