Developing a relationship with your recruitment consultant

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Specialist recruiters have access to the most in demand jobs in the Middle East.

It is greatly beneficial to build a strong relationship with a recruitment consultant as you will ultimately save a lot of time in your job search and you will have access to range of potential opportunities.

Robert Walters provides tips on how you can develop a strong relationship with your recruitment consultant.

 

Search, meet and prepare 

Do your research on the most suitable consultancies for you to approach based on your skills and experiences. It is likely you will meet your consultant face to face before submitting your CV – you will be expected to explain your reasons for wanting a change in jobs, the types of opportunities that you are interested in and roles that the consultant will feel are more suited to you.

It is essential you are professional, motivated and knowledgeable about your interests and career path during the initial meeting. You will need to convince them of the benefits you can bring to the business. This can be achieved through highlighting achievements, and key responsibilities in your past roles.

It is essential you are professional, motivated and knowledgeable about your interests and career path during the initial meeting. You will need to convince them of the benefits you can bring to the business.

Know what you want

Understanding the type of roles you are looking for will save time and only encourage consultants to send you roles which relate to what you want. Recruitment consultants are always there for help but they can only do this if they have feedback and input from you.

Keep in contact 

Consultants meet with clients and talented professionals daily – it is important that you keep in touch with a weekly call or email. They also host networking events for professionals seeking new opportunities. If you are invited to an event, it is beneficial to attend as it is a great opportunity to network.

Listen and improve

Consultants review and assess CVs everyday and what employers are looking for. If ever given constructive criticism from your consultant, take this into account and use it to strengthen your CV. Once you are interviewed, make sure to call your recruitment consultant to discuss how the interview went. It is likely the client called to discuss the interview further – make the most of sharing your feedback and ask questions to ensure you receive feedback about your performance.

Recruiters are specialists

Recruitment consultants are in regular contact with employers and will able to update you with new jobs available and the types of skills required for jobs. When invited to an interview, enquire about the interviewer. It is more than likely that your consultant will know the interviewer and will therefore be able to offer pointers about what to expect and prepare for beforehand.

For more career advice information, please contact:

Jason Grundy, Country Manager (Middle East)
jason.grundy@robertwalters.com
+971 4 8180 102

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