- Find out who the best agencies are for your discipline in Dublin as opposed to just targetting the larger higher profile agencies
- Register with the top 3-4 maximum preferably. In today’s market jobseekers are sending their CVs to up to 15 agencies. Whilst it’s important to keep your options open, it’s equally as important to forge relationships with the recruiters. Your CV landing on a HR managers desk 3-4 times is likely to have a negative impact on your application
-If possible, try and find out the specific names of recruiters that friends or colleagues have used in the past. IDeally you should be targetting experienced individual recruiters. If you check their profiles on linkedin, you see the depth of their experience. Tell the recruiter that they were recommended by “X” – it may make them feel more obliged to help! Getting a recruiter who understands you area is key. Recruitment employee turnover tends to be quite high, so in some organisations the majority of recruiters can have less than 1-2 years experience
- Always call in advance if you see a job that you are interested in. Clarify that the role is still open. When recruiters advertise roles, they generally put them up on the sites as soon as the job comes in, and then start working through their database. A lot of consultants can submit shortlists from their databases and don’t end up considering people who apply. A good recruiter will only submit 5-6 CVs to a client maximum
- Request a meeting with the consultant. If they say no, push back on them and say that you would really like to registrar. If they have met you in person, it is far more likely that they will remember you
- When you meet your consultant should be able to provide you with more factual information than what is outlined on the written job spec. Ask them specific questions eg structure of the team, reporting structure, a background to the business. If they do not know this information, I would question just how strong a relationship they have with the client. Are they going to be able to influence your application or have they rang the client after noticing the job online.
- Clarify when next contact is going to be made and ask them if it is okay for you to call them every so often to touch base. Tell them you would like to remain in regular contact and ask them if they agree that this would be a good thing? Im sure they will agree to everything, so it is something you can bring up again if they do not do it!
- It is up to you to chase up recruiters. They are being pulled in every direction at the moment and cant really win! They are managing an increased volume of applications, making hundreds of cold calls and more to get jobs on their books.
- If an agency say that you are not suitable for a job, the best thing is to just accept it and move on. You should always try and get feedback if you can, but it is in their interest to get good quality across to their clients, so bear this in mind if you are not shortlisted
Be honest with your recruiter regarding interviews that maybe progressing elsewhere or if you have concerns relating to salary, hours, reporting structures etc. They can help!
Never tell a recruiter what other companies you are interviewing with.
Do not deal with agencies who have not requested your permission to send your CV to a client. It is not fair on the agencies who follow the correct process and earn their commission. Your CV landing on the same HR managers desk by numerous agencies does not reflect well on you. The last thing HR Professionals want to do is get involved in a squabble between agencies.
Some recruiter will tell you the things you want to hear. I would have more respect for the recruiters who are honest and direct than ones who give general feedback such as “ you don’t have enough general experience” . You should be getting something more precise which you can learn and move forward from
Mairead Griffin, Career Mentors, http://www.careermentors.ie, 01-2160880
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