Getting the most out of your recruiter – specialist advice

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When you find a recruiter you gel with it can be the beginning of a life-long relationship, a trusted partner you can turn to for professional advice at any stage of your career. It’s worth remembering that a lot of jobs don’t get advertised and a professional, specialist recruiter can give you inside information on the med comms market that is hard to find anywhere else. Your recruiter may hold the ticket to your dream job, so here are some tips on getting the most out of that relationship.

  • Ask friends for recommendations to find a good one.
  • Build a rapport with your recruiter. They need to get to know and understand you in order to be able to give the best advice. The better they know you, the better they can help.
  • Arrange a time to meet and get to know each other; it’s important that you have confidence in each other.
  • Ask about their track record. Who are their clients and how well do they know them?
  • Open and honest communication is critical if you are to form a long lasting partnership.
  • If you have found another job and are no longer available, are in two minds about an interview, whatever it is: talk to your recruiter.
  • Don’t work with more than two or three recruiters at a time. Med Comms is a small world and you don’t want to double up.
  • The right recruiter will make you feel at ease, demonstrate commitment to you and confidence in your abilities, plus take time to listen to you.
  • Listen to their industry knowledge: no one has more knowledge of your industry than recruiters who specialise in it.
  • Be open and honest so that you can plan a genuinely strategic search together.
  • The recruiter knows what his or her clients want, so be prepared to listen to their advice on your CV.
  • Ask for advice on interview technique. Your recruiter will know his or her clients well, so you can get specific advice about the people who will interview you, as well as just general tips.
  • Be honest about who you have approached – there’s nothing worse for a recruiter than contacting a client, with whom they have a good relationship, on your behalf to find that your CV is already on file there – this does nobody’s reputation any good.
  • Stay in touch. Be reliable.

If you would further elaboration on any of these points or to get an expert eye over your CV, please don’t hesitate to contact Julia Walton at Media Contacts on 020 7359 8244 or email: Julia.walton@media-contacts.co.uk

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