The relationship between a recruiter and a job applicant is very important but can often become strained. Recruiters provide applicants with the opportunity to work at a job where their abilities are best matched; however, often times the recruiter can oversell the benefits of the job and cause disappointment and resentment. Additionally, job applicants may oversell their skills and abilities to avoid rejection.
With the job market so competitive and a seemingly unlimited supply of recruiters, it is important to identify the good recruiters and to establish an excellent working relationship with them for several reasons.
- Recruiters often have great insider advice that comes from experience navigating the job market and seeing how different companies review their applicants. CVs can be formatted to fit the job that is being applied for. Recruiters will know how best to adjust your CV and can often enhance your chances of being offered an interview.
- Recruiters know the market. They often specialise in select areas within a broad hiring category. A lot of insider information can be revealed if you establish a proper relationship with the recruiter. This will enhance your ability to find a job in the area you are an expert in and will enjoy working at.
- Personal relationships can make the difference between your CV getting viewed or not. Many recruiters have personal relationships with hiring managers and the HR department. If a recruiter understands you, your skills and your experience fully, they can often secure interviews that may not have happened without their connection to HR.
- Recruiters that have exceptional job matching success may also be privy to private hiring opportunities on jobs that are not posted to the general public. Recruiters often have many positions available that an applicant without a recruiter would be unable to apply for.
Lastly, if you establish a good relationship with the recruiter as an applicant, it opens up the possibility to be further connected to other recruiters and thus expanding the job application pool and increase your chances of finding a job.
Although it can be tempting to mislead your recruiter in order to get a job, honesty will best allow them to match you to a position and allows for a healthy relationship with the recruiter in the future.
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