Looking for a job can be a stressful time and choosing the right recruiter (should you choose to work with one) is essential to ensuring that your job search runs smoothly and that your stress levels remain intact. Choosing a recruiter to work with is not an easy choice, and let’s face it, there are quite a few to choose from (some good; some not so good), so it pays to do your homework and find someone you like and trust, who values your career and has your best interests at heart. Below is a guide to assist you to make the right choice.
An Honest Approach
A good recruiter will always be honest and upfront. You may not want to hear that you don’t have the right experience for a role or that the interview for the job you so desperately wanted didn’t go well, but wouldn’t you rather work with a recruiter that provides helpful and honest feedback, rather than one who gives you the silent treatment and does not return your calls! This honest approach should work both ways, so if you are interviewing for other roles, want to put your search on hold or have secured another role, then it’s just as important to keep your recruiter in the loop. There is nothing more frustrating for both parties when emails and calls go unanswered.
Understanding your Needs
A good recruiter will always meet you in person and take the time to understand what you’re looking for and the reasons you are considering a move. Be wary of a recruiter that doesn’t insist on meeting with you in person– a short 5-minute conversation over the phone is not enough time for a recruiter to gain a through understanding of your background, what you are looking for or what you are looking to avoid, and how can you build a relationship of trust with someone in such a short period of time. Good recruiters aren’t just a postal service, they should want to get to know you.
Strong Client Relationships
It’s essential that your recruiter has strong client relationships. Recruiters with strong, long lasting relationships with their clients will not only be briefed on new jobs first, they will also be able to “push” and influence when necessary. Be wary of recruiters that say that they work with everyone, as it’s unlikely. If they do, their relationships won’t be strong, as it’s impossible to provide a good service to everyone.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have work a recruiter just because they have called you about a job. Take the time to meet with them, establish rapport and get a feel for the way they operate. A recruiter is there to add value and make your job search easier, so working with someone who knows your industry, understands your career goals and operates with integrity, will set the stage for a mutually beneficial, long standing and successful recruiter/candidate relationship.
“My experience with Dyanne Gerard Personnel recruitment agency has been pleasant. In particular, the agent that I worked with was professional and friendly, and most importantly, she kept me in the loop on the progress of my job application without me needing to follow up with her all the time. My agent has also touched base with me after a successful placement to ensure all is still going smoothly in respect of my new job."ZL, Paralegal / Candidate
“I made contact with Dyanne Gerard Personnel through LinkedIn when I was feeling somewhat dissatisfied in my former job, though not actively looking for something new at that stage. My consultant, Sharon Galpin, provided the exact service that I needed at the time – we began things with a casual chat, where she let me know what I could expect in the market and assured me that she would be able to help me find a role that would suit my skills, experience and qualifications. She was as good as or even better than her word – she stayed in regular contact with me but was never forceful as some recruitment agents can be, which was like a breath of fresh air! Six months on, I am in a job that I enjoy, part of a supportive and cohesive team, in a firm with a culture that epitomises the ideals that I discussed with Sharon at our initial meeting. One very satisfied candidate here!"Kathy. W, Senior Legal Assistant
“I have a long standing relationship with Dyanne Gerard Personnel dating back to 2005. This is because they have always been, and continue to be outstanding in providing expert recruitment services and understanding client needs both from the employer perspective as well as from a candidate's point of view. They have placed me in various legal roles in private practices over the years, but more recently, were able to place me in an in-house role at one of the largest medical companies in Australia within only a few days of having applied! Their knowledge of the market, extensive experience and efficient services solidify their position as a leader in the recruitment market. I recommend them to all job seekers and employers alike."Ivy. L, Senior Legal Secretary (in-house)
“If you are truly serious about taking your career to the next level, you need look no further than Dyanne Gerard Personnel. Thanks to both Meg Poulter and Sharon Galpin I have now secured the perfect in-house role which wouldn’t have been possible without their dedication and persistence. I felt valued as both an individual and as a candidate and I think this is a rare quality amongst recruiters these days. Dyanne Gerard Personnel will ensure that they match you with roles which best suit your skills, personality and needs. They also have a good selection of roles which are exclusive and won’t be advertised through other recruitment agencies. The position I secured is one such role."Carmel. S, Personal Assistant