Stage 4: Getting the most out of your engineering recruiter

The growing practice of using recruitment agencies in today’s world has made recruiters more important than ever in a candidate’s life. Here we offer some friendly tips regarding how to get the most out of your relationship with your recruitment agency, leading to a successful business relationship which can be continued throughout your engineering career.

Finding the right fit:

First and foremost, to make sure that you are applying to relevant roles you will want to check that the recruitment agency in question operations in the sector within which you’re interested. The quickest and easiest way to find this out is via the agency’s website, however if you’re after some additional information feel free to give us a call. If you are located in a particular region and the agency has region-specific offices, it may be best for you to contact that office in the first instance – they will easily redirect you should you be better speaking with a different consultant. Similarly, if you are after work within a precise engineering market, check whether any of the consultants specialise in this area and request to speak to them by name.

Secondly, peruse the website to find out what types of position are currently available, and read through the job descriptions to check whether any of them are relevant to you and your skills. An area of frustration for job seekers can be where a number of positions are applied to, however no response is received. To minimise this happening, be sure that the role to which you’re applying matches your skills and experience – if you are unsure, or have any questions, call to speak with the consultant handling the role who will happily discuss the requirements with you further. While we endeavour to offer a personal experience along every step of the way, unfortunately this is not always possible with the volume of applications we receive and this is why we state on our adverts that if you have not received a response within 5 days of application, unfortunately your details are not being considered. If you would like an update however, please contact the relevant consultant who will be able to explain why your application did not meet the criteria required, and where best to focus your efforts in the future.

Offer your commitment:

At CK, we have both the candidate’s and the client’s best interests at heart – we are not just focused on finding the perfect employee for our client but also the perfect employer for our candidate. Therefore, we want to ensure that when agreeing for your details to be submitted to a vacancy, you are committed to the opportunity. While unexpected circumstances do arise, it does not create the best impression when candidates change their minds about a role, or withdraw from an interview process – your consultant will be able to advise the best course of action as they will have a good relationship with the client. Flexibility and keeping one’s options open offer the best opportunities, however if you’re not serious about pursuing a position it is best to be upfront rather than risk ruining the reputation of your reliability.

Trust:

The most important part of the relationship is honesty. This works both ways: we will be honest with you regarding the suitability of your application; timescales if known; feedback; advice in certain situations etc. and in return we will expect honesty from you too. When we ask about other applications, interviews and opportunities you’re pursuing, it’s so that we can try to leverage and influence our client on your behalf. We want to ensure that we don’t duplication your application for positions you’ve already been submitted to, but also that if you’re considering roles that we might not have thought of we can then find out if we’re handling similar opportunities that might be suitable. The more truthful you are, the more you gain out of the relationship as we get to understand your capabilities and career aspirations better, leading to a long lasting relationship: trust between a recruiter and a prospective job seeker is imperative for a continued relationship as the most reliable candidates will spring to mind when that new role comes in.

Communication:

Communication is key throughout the entire recruitment process: from initial contact, to keeping in touch as your application progresses, to final negotiations. Please ensure that you are responsive to your recruiter’s attempts to get in touch, and if there are preferred times that you will be available make this known. We will often ask whether you have any upcoming interviews, holidays, or periods of unavailability so that we can advise our client and manage their expectations accordingly – if there is anything that you weren’t aware of during the initial conversation, please keep your consultant up to date with any changes to your circumstances and availability. This both compounds your commitment and also shows your reliability.

Your recruiter will strive to advise timeframes at the beginning of the recruitment process. These will of course be subject to change dependant on the client’s schedule – if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch, however if you are after an update regarding your application please ensure that this is outside the timeframe your recruiter has given you. Rest assured that we are as desperate for feedback as you are, and will contact you as soon as there’s any news!

As our clients often prefer minimum points of contact, we (and they) would appreciate you not contacting them directly, but passing any correspondence through ourselves. Please do bear in mind that a decision to hire or not is a complex process and while we may be able to influence our client to a certain extent, the final decision made is out of our control. To that end, we will do our best to help you but ultimately cannot provide more information than is supplied to us.

Help us to help you:

The tips given above have been taken from the points of view of both recruitment consultants and job seekers. If you can think of any additional information that may help us present your details to a prospective client or may assist in the application process, we appreciate any updates. We will happily recommend your details to our colleagues who may be handling suitable vacancies, and would be delighted to receive any referrals from you of former colleagues or friends.

At the end of the day please do remember that we’re all working towards a goal!

If you would like some advice on how best to work with us, please get in touch with one of our specialist recruitment consultants on 01246 457710

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