9 Tips for Working with a Job Recruiter

Whether you’ve just earned your degree or have years of experience in your field, working with a recruiter can give you an edge over your competition—and access to the best medical jobs on the market.

Someone with a staffing recruiter job possesses a large network of contacts including:

  • Hiring managers
  • Company executives
  • Health care professionals

These contacts usually know about open positions long before they’re posted on job boards, and in many cases, they will connect you directly with the hiring manager.

There are so many benefits to working with a recruiter, and we’ve shared a few for you here.

1. Interview a number of recruiters before selecting one.

Meet with a number of recruiters to discuss your goals, your must-haves, and your desired perks. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the recruiter you work with.

It’s also helpful to find out what the recruiter’s success rate is in terms of placements for the job that you want so you know your chances of landing it.

2. Always be professional.

This is key! Your recruiter needs to be confident when presenting you to hiring agencies. A few easy things you can do to increase your professionalism is:

  • Be prompt.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Always be polite and considerate.

Follow up your calls and appointments with a “thank you” email or a thank you letter sent in the mail.

3. Be transparent.

The better you explain your wishes, needs, and situation to your recruiter, the better he or she can narrow down the job search. Clearly state what you do and don’t want from an employer and a position.

Ensuring your recruiter knows your strengths and non-negotiables means they won’t waste time looking into positions that aren’t right for you.

4. Keep your résumé and online profiles up to date.

Keep your resume updated so that way every time your recruiter suggests you to a potential employer, he or she will have access to your most recent information and be able to position you as an incredible candidate.

5. Ensure your social media profile is representative of a healthcare professional.

Believe it or not, many employers review candidates’ social media pages. Remove any content you wouldn’t want an employer to see and be mindful of what you post moving forward.

6. Communicate any changes in your situation to your recruiter.

If you decide that you want to change the type of environment you work in, communicate your decision to your recruiter right away.

Doing so will guarantee that he or she can change the search parameters in a timely manner.

7. Touch base after any interviews.

If you’ve done a phone or in-person interview, touch base with your recruiter afterward. If you have any questions or concerns, your recruiter can address them.

8. Stay in touch for the next job.

Especially if you’re working short-term assignments, stay in touch with your recruiter. You want to know how the search for your next assignment is coming along. Plus, your recruiter will be interested in your experiences with the client company since he or she will likely place more candidates there.

9. Refer colleagues and friends to your recruiter.

Referring professionals you respect to your recruiter can really help strengthen your relationship. It’s easy to see the parallel here:

Recruiters excel based on relationship building so providing them with more opportunities to build relationships will only strengthen your value to them.

Furthermore, agencies will often offer referral bonuses for your effort!

Recruiters Are Here to Help You

Find your dream job by working with a knowledgeable recruiter who can ensure you make the most of your degree and experience in your thriving professional field.

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