If you haven’t worked with a recruiter before and weren’t expecting a call, this article may open your eyes to how staffing agencies can help kick start your career. Recruiters can be your strongest ally in your career, both on and off the hunt. They are excellent resources and can connect you directly with the employers who are looking to hire professionals with your specific skills and experiences. In competitive job markets, having that personal connection can make all the difference. Here’s what you can expect from working with a recruiter and a few tips to help you get the most from the experience.
Keep an Open Mind
You might be wary of talking with a recruiter if you think they’re only after your money. The key thing to understand is that a recruiter only makes money when they place someone in a job. Furthermore, it is almost always the employer who pays recruiting fees, so the whole process shouldn’t cost you anything. Keep an open mind! Most recruiters will contact you because they have a specific job for you in mind. An informal conversation with a recruiter comes without any strings attached so consider it a learning experience. If you think you’re a good fit for the job, give it a try.
Have an Honest Conversation
When you get that call from a recruiter, the most important thing you can do is talk to them openly and honestly about your skills and your goals. That’s how they know what jobs will be a great fit for you. Recruiters are constantly looking for new opportunities and new professionals to match with employers. They know the lay of the land better than anyone else and you can use that knowledge to your advantage. They just might help you find your dream job, even if you aren’t looking.
Approach It Like an Interview
When you first speak with a recruiter, treat the meeting like you would an interview. Talk about your experience, work history, career goals, and interests. Present yourself professionally and in a manner that assures the recruiter that you’re committed to your work, and your career. Recruiters are a valuable resource to help you find the type of employment that meets your needs now and in the future. Don’t lose the opportunity to make a great connection by not taking the meeting seriously.
Learn About the Process
Knowledge is powerful, so take the opportunity to learn about the recruiting process to find out if it’s right for you. If you’ve never worked with a recruiter before, the more reason to ask questions and learn about the process. Learning about the company and their target market will help you better understand what they are looking for if you decide to work with a recruiter sometime in the future.
Work with a Leader Among Information Technology Recruiters
At ESGI, our great team of IT recruiters is ready to help you take the next step in your career, either through a full-time position or your next contract opportunity. Contact our team to get started or look at our Job Board today!