The dos and don’ts when you approach a recruitment consultant

- 05/01/2018
The dos and don’ts when you approach a recruitment consultant

As many job seekers have to partner with recruitment consultants for the next career move, I would like to talk about the dos and don’ts when you approach recruiters.

The dos:

Choose the right recruitment consultanty

Before making an initial contact, understanding a consultant’s specialty and their market focus will make your job search more effective. If you are an engineer, you shouldn’t send your CV to a consultancy that does not cover this field. The simplest way is to visit the recruitment company’s website to see.

Introducing yourself

An introductory email is often the best way to reach out to recruiters. I would suggest being relatively brief and writing the body of the email as a short cover letter. If you have a connection to the company, be sure to state that near the beginning of your introduction. Take the time to cater your email to positions which you are applying and express what you will bring to the future employers, not just what a job there can do for you.

Proofread before sending

Typos make applicants look lazy and unconcerned with details, both of which are qualities you never want to exhibit. Always attach your resume to the email so that the consultant may look at it immediately. Once an initial email has been sent, you can follow up with a phone call after about a week of no response.

And then...

Check out the company’s career website and apply for open positions online. Once you have applied online, send an email to the recruiter introducing yourself and stating that you have already applied. This makes you seem particularly proactive.

Stay in touch with your consultant

The important thing about working with a recruiter is that it needs to be a relationship. Even if you are not looking out or no job is available, you can still cultivate a relationship by making a catch up call every few months or recommending your friends who might just be a good candidate.

The don’ts

  • Never send an email with no body text and only a resume attached. Always use the subject line.
     
  • Don’t address the recruiter with ‘Hi,” especially in an introductory email. You always want to be professional, respectful, and mature.
     
  • Don’t stalk the recruiters. A follow up phone call is fine, but constant nagging has the reverse effect. Following up and keeping contacts is a skill. The best way to keep the door open for further dialogue is to ask the question right away: “What is the best way to follow up with you?”
     
  • Don’t indicate you are willing to do “anything.” Be specific about your goals and what you’d like to do professionally. It is understandable that applicants think the willingness to do anything makes them more hireable, when in fact it makes them seem unfocused.
     
  • Be aware of your qualifications. Showcase your strengths and what you have to offer. Understand that there is a lot of hard work to get anywhere that’s worth getting.
     
  • Don’t emphasize your weaknesses. Everyone has areas of strength and weakness, please present yourself in the best light and demonstrate your talents.
     
  • Don’t take the recruiter’s lack of responsiveness as rejection. Recruiters are contacted constantly throughout the day. Your objective as an applicant is to introduce yourself politely and keep your qualifications top of mind to the recruiter.