You’ve been on the job hunt for a few weeks now and haven’t heard back from anyone. Now what?
It might have something to do with lacking connections. Or maybe your resume doesn’t stand out. Your LinkedIn could possibly use some work. Or your outreach strategy isn’t where it needs to be.
Whatever it is, you need help. And working with a recruiter is a great place to start.
A couple of things about (agency) recruiters.
1) They work on commission. They get paid from the companies they partner with to find the right talent for the job.
2) They want you to get a job. This can be to your benefit or detriment depending on how you approach it.
Keep these two points in mind when you work with recruiters. Because they are incentivized by finding the right talent to serve their clients, they will often coach you and help you cater your approach through each stage of the interview process. They want to help you get this job just as much as (if not more than) you do. Which leads to the second point. Great recruiters will get to know you and discover what you are looking for in your next role. Spend some time to learn about what you want. Make a list of priorities and deal-breakers. Be honest with your recruiter. On the one hand, be open to their suggestions and insights, but on the other, don’t let them pressure you into something you know you’re not a right fit for.
Most recruiters work fast. They’ll want to connect with you multiple times a week and sometimes multiple times a day the closer you get to an offer. Be responsive and open with them. They don’t have some ulterior motive. They want to get you the best offer just like you do. They’ll help you spruce up your resume, give you insights into the hiring team, and provide candid feedback on how to improve. All at no cost to you!
No matter your situation, working with a recruiter is worth your time and consideration.