As we all know, job-seeking is difficult; it is a taxing, emotional time on every level. It is never an easy task to find the right position, at the right time. A recruiter’s role is to facilitate the connection between worker and employer and to try to get the stars to align perfectly around an open position. Which is no small task in an increasingly complex world.

Recruiters exist to help streamline the hiring process, to more readily connect those looking for work with those jobs that need to be filled. It is essential to work closely with local recruiters to establish a healthy working relationship – often long before it comes time to look for a new position. Having an ongoing, proactive relationship can go a long way when it comes to engaging in a job search.

Job seekers often see recruiters as the connection that can enable, or even prevent, their success from happening. Job seekers have their entire lives up for grabs and may (understandably) get frustrated with some of the processes and procedures that are set in motion when a position opens.

Don’t get frustrated, be persistent. It is important to remember that recruiters are just as motivated to place the right person in the right role – that is how they define success. Matching the best combination of skills with job requirements is the ultimate end goal. Their job is to bring all the players together onto the same playing field and facilitate the hiring process.

So, while it may seem to be a daunting system, know that having an open channel of communication with recruiters is always in your best interest. The best way to manage this relationship is to set expectations and manage assumptions. Which brings us to our first point:

Communicate, Effectively.

A good recruiter/candidate relationship is one that has an open communication channel. Candidates should always keep the recruiters they are working with well informed of the companies they wish to work for, as well as those to which they have applied to avoid an overlap of effort. The more information that you share, the better the relationship will be, and the higher level of trust earned on behalf of both parties. Initiating continuous communication, without being intrusive, is an art. Learning to balance your communications better, so that they always deliver relevant information and provide value, is critical. For example, sending an email or leaving a voice message saying “did I get the job, yet” is purposeless, a recruiter will be the first to inform you of a job offer. Always be purposeful in your communications and give as much as you take.  The relationship, much like friendship, is a complex mix of empathy, opening yourself up, and developing trust as you get to know one another.

Set Realistic Expectations

In the complex world of hiring, there are numerous factors related to securing employment. Salary requirements, benefits packages (or the lack thereof), commute times, work history and even individual personality and attitude all play a role in a recruiter’s job of finding the “right” candidate. No one person can be everything to everyone, so it is essential to address any limitations that might be holding you back – up front – by discussing them in detail. It is never a good idea to drop a bombshell requirement late in the hiring process.

The best way to manage a job search is to be realistic about your expectations – you cannot demand things that aren’t possible. For example, while you may desire a work from home job or even a higher salary than your last position paid, it may not be possible. The more restrictions you place on your availability, the longer it is likely to take to find a role and the farther away you position yourself from being a good “Fit.” Flexibility is imperative. It is important to communicate openly about yourself and your job requirements and listen to the recruiters’ assessment of the job market. Be crystal clear as to your must-have requirements as opposed to nice-to-have’s so that they can best do their job of finding a position that works for you.

Remember the role of recruiting is to make the best match between a candidate’s skills and personality and the current job opening – it is never perfect, it is always a compromise. Do your best to set clear expectations while being flexible along the way. Be sure to base your requirements on current market conditions and the current demand for your skills and experiences, made possible by discussing your situation openly throughout the hiring process. The more open and available you appear to be, the more likely you are to progress through the hiring process.

Concluding Thoughts

To ensure you are ready for your next job-seeking exercise, start thinking of ways to build stronger relationships with trusted local, recruiters like those at Masiello Employment – now. We have been catering to the needs of businesses in Southern NH, VT and Western MA for decades, delivering the right candidates to the right employers. Get to know us better and we will do our best to make the right fit happen!