In a competitive job market, one of the best tools you can have is a recruiter. We have established relationships with hiring managers at your dream companies, we negotiate on your behalf, and we have an accurate gauge of which positions are available. However, how you work with a recruiter is important. And in 2021, transparency with your recruiter will be key to landing you a job.
Be Honest With Your Recruiter About What’s Important To You
Too many times in my career have candidates talked about wanting a unique job or a different work environment than the average bank. However, when you bring them the perfect unique opportunity, they instead make a move to a bank doing the same thing for just a few dollars more. In the end, they were only interested in more money. If they had been transparent with me initially, I could have focused on finding them the right position that offered a higher salary and a better working environment.
Keep The Lines Of Communication Open
The second biggest issue we see is broken communication. At the beginning of your partnership with a recruiter, it’s similar to when you first start dating someone. You want to stay in almost constant contact with that person about everything that is going on. You call your recruiter to share the deals coming your way, your current bank’s ever-changing credit requirements, and other career updates. Then, as you get more comfortable and the new opportunity’s timing is slightly slower than everyone hoped for, you start communicating less and less. The “honeymoon phase” of the relationship is over. Suddenly, you send your recruiter one-word texts and return every second or third call or email with limited info. However, it’s essential to trust the process and stay the course. Open communication with your recruiter will allow them to keep your best interests at the forefront.
Be Open To New Opportunities
Some words of advice from one of the best bosses I had was always to take every interesting or promising interview that is sent your way within reason. If something comes your way that is different and unique that you could interview for, go for it! Going for an interview does not mean you have to take the job. However, you never know what opportunities lie ahead without putting yourself out there. Remember, the company you work for is not as loyal to you as you are to them. So, the next time we give you a call, at least hear us out. It could be the start of a great partnership!
If you’re interested in pursuing your next opportunity, contact me today. We can discuss your goals, keep communication open, and explore the opportunities available to you on the market. Transparency with your recruiter will be key in landing you that next job. I look forward to our partnership!