Your recruiter will play a key part in helping you to secure your ideal role. As well as presenting carefully selected job opportunities to you, they will speak with hiring managers on your behalf and advise you throughout the entire recruitment process. In order for you to get the best out of your recruiter, it is important that you give them as much information as possible. Here are our top 10 things you need to let your recruiter know:
It’s vital that you, as well as your recruiter, fully understand your main motivations for moving on from your current position. Is there a specific thing your current role is lacking? Do you no longer enjoy the culture? Or is there no opportunities to progress? No matter how insignificant you think the reasons might be, it is best to discuss them fully with your recruiter so they understand the type of roles that would be of interest to you.
Although you may be looking to move on from your current position, it’s beneficial to think about the aspects of your job, and previous jobs, you have enjoyed. What kind of responsibilities do you envision doing in your ideal role? What are your career goals long-term? It’s good to discuss your skills and strengths with your recruiter, but also to be honest about any areas where you think you may need to develop. Your recruiter will be able to advise you on how best to upskill, or recommend roles where you can gain the experience you require to achieve your longer-term career goals.
As well as discussing the type of roles you would be interested in, it’s important to discuss what you wouldn’t be open to. Your recruiter will want to ensure that they are only presenting you with opportunities that they believe will be of genuine interest to you. This way you will know when they ring you that it is important. If a recruiter rang you about every role they had, you’d quickly begin to screen their calls! If there are things you wouldn’t want to do, for example, work in a specific industry or with a particular programming language, just make your recruiter aware so they can refine their search for you.
It may sound cheesy but if you have a specific goal in mind, you need to think carefully about your future moves to ensure they fit long-term with what you are looking to achieve. This may or may not be solely about your career. Some people have aspirations of relocating, so moving to a bigger organisation with international offices may help achieve this goal. By disclosing this information to your recruiter, they can ensure they are showing you not just the best roles for you now but also keep an eye out for you in the future.
Do you prefer working for big brands or small start-ups? Do you enjoy working as part of a team or would you prefer to work independently? Do you want to stay in the tech industry or are you open to working for a non-tech company? These are the type of things that are worth mentioning to your recruiter to ensure you are introduced to the right companies.
Sometimes people know specifically where they would be interested in moving to. A recruiter can find out on your behalf if there are any suitable positions and can also introduce you to other relevant companies.
You may have a long list of things you are looking for in your next role but when it comes down to it, what are the main things you are not willing to budge on? This may be the length of your commute or the number of hours per week you are contracted for. Whatever it is, it’s best to let your recruiter know so they won’t bother you with roles which aren’t a perfect fit.
It’s worthwhile having a think prior to your conversation with your recruiter on the level of salary and benefits package you are looking for. What’s essential can vary from person to person and it’s ultimately only you who can determine this. If you’ve had a company car for a number of years, is this something that you cannot live without? Or would you be willing to compromise for a higher base salary? Have a think about what you’d ideally be looking for but also what is absolutely essential and non-negotiable for you. If you are unsure you can talk this over with your recruiter, but it is best to know the full breakdown of your current package prior to this.
This information is often overlooked but can be crucial in the recruitment process. The length of your notice period could have an impact on the number of roles which are suitable for you. For instance, if you have a one week notice period but a company isn’t looking for someone to start for a month it may not be feasible for you to have 3 unpaid weeks off from work. On the other hand, a company may be looking for someone immediately but you would rather have 2 weeks off prior to starting your next challenge. Make sure you check your contract and let your recruiter know what your notice period with your current company is and if you think there may be any wriggle room in this.
Often it is good to keep an open mind when it comes to roles. You may have been presented with your perfect role but it’s at a company where ‘a friend of a friend has heard bad things about.’ In this circumstance, it’s probably best for you to venture to the interview so you can form your own view on the company. There are times, however, when you will be presented with an opportunity which you know from the outset just won’t work for you. The commute may be too long or it may be working with technologies that just don’t interest you. If this is the case, be honest with your recruiter and let them know the reasons why you don’t think the role would suit you. This will again help your recruiter to narrow their search for you and also help to ensure you are only contacted about roles which will be of interest.
Ultimately if there’s anything you think could have an impact on your job search or accepting an offer it is best to inform your recruiter. Your recruiter has probably had a similar situation before and will likely be able to advise you on your options. If your recruiter knows all the information from the start they will be in the best position to help you throughout the entire process.
This may seem like a lot of information to go through with your recruiter but it will save you time in the long run. If your recruiter is not willing to have a lengthy conversation about the type of role you are looking for, they won’t be able to present you with relevant opportunities and it is unlikely they will be the best person to represent you to potential employers.