During your job search activities, there is a very strong chance that you will need to work with Recruiters (other than Optimum Consulting). At Fllair, many of us behind the scenes have had direct experience with being on the front lines of Recruitment, which means we can offer some handy advice.

Recruiters are usually paid on success

The service that Recruiters provide is usually free for Job Seekers because it is the company who will pay for the service (usually a % of your salary). Whilst great recruitment consultants know how to provide a great service to everyone who applies for a role, there are unfortunately many recruitment consultants who simply focus on the people who are likely to get the job (so they can be paid).

The difficulty is knowing in advance who is going to provide a great service to you, and who isn’t. The trick therefore in getting the best out of a relationship with a Recruiter is to make it as easy as possible for them to view your background favourably in a short time. They are likely to be handling any number of recruitment projects at a time, and so they will have plenty of distractions. Time is often not their friend.

Therefore, the biggest tip we can provide is to place yourself in their shoes. What would make your job easier if you were the recruiter?

Here are a few suggestions based on experience:

  • Make your resume/Fllair profile really easy to read and understand. Be sure to read through How To Create A Profile That Stands Out.
  • Pretend they are the client. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking they aren’t the person making the final decision and therefore to relax your standards.
  • Highlight important things. The recruiter is going to make decisions on limited information, and so highlighting what they need to know is really important.
  • Let them know you are working with them. If a Recruiter feels like you are on their side, they are more likely to put your details forward to the client (e.g. you will represent the Recruiter well in front of the client). Be sure to read our article about interview tips.
  • Return phone calls and emails promptly, and be aware of assumptions and things that are ambiguous. If you are not sure about something, ask to ensure there are no crossed wires.