How to work successfully alongside a Recruiter

Looking for your next role can be a stressful and often overwhelming experience. That’s where recruitment agencies such as ourselves tend to come in to act as a partner in your talent search. While you may enlist our help, some people may be naïve to the world of recruitment, and so don’t know how best to interact with their recruiter to get the most out of their services. 


As recruiters, we can help you achieve the role which would suit you best, given that we have the industry knowledge and longstanding relationships with clients across the markets. Amongst other things, aspects of the job search that we can assist you with include; CV advice and formatting, job market insights, salary negotiation and interview tips and tricks. The below are some top tips which may help you help us do our job as efficiently as possible!


Make it easy for us to find you:

First thing’s first – we need to be able to come across your profile unless you contact us of course. Therefore make sure your LinkedIn is up to date and that you are using the ”Open to Work” section so that your profile comes up to recruiters. If you are in any way thinking about your next move at all, then we recommend having this on. Keep active on LinkedIn, not only will it keep you up to date with any new roles which may be available but will also give you a good idea of what is happening across your market.


If you’re engaging with us, stay in contact: 

If you have reached out to a recruiter or are engaged in a process with us, then it is important to keep in regular contact. Yes, we know it may be annoying having to take calls and reply to emails and messages, but recruitment is fast-paced. Things change in an instant and if we’re contacting you, it’s because we don’t want you to miss out on an opportunity that may have arisen.


Be as transparent as possible:

As a recruiter, we are on your side. But to represent you as best we can, we need you to be as honest as possible with us. That means being transparent about your current salary and also your salary expectations, as well as telling us if you are engaged in other job processes and working with other recruiters. If you’re working with us on a certain role, then please only go through us for this particular role. Don’t contact our clients directly without our knowledge or even worse, work with another recruiter on the same role! This just looks bad for all parties involved.


Ask questions and be open to feedback:

Please ask us as many questions as possible, we want to do our utmost to guide you through the process and we don’t expect you to know everything about the job search. What we do ask for, however, is that you are then open to any feedback and constructive criticism which we may deliver. In turn, please deliver your feedback from interviews and from your recruitment process with us. We’re always eager to constantly keep learning, improving and delivering, and we wouldn’t be able to do that without the help of our candidates. 


Please remember that we are the middle man:

At the end of the day, while at the initial stages of the hiring process we may make a decision as to which candidates to put forward for interview, at the end of the day it is up to our clients to make the final call on who is the best candidate for the role. We want the best for each and every one of our candidates, and it’s never nice delivering bad news, but at the end of the day, it is up to the company involved as to who would be the best hire for their team.


Let Lincoln help you…

As mentioned above, we want to help you achieve success. Helping people is at the forefront of what we do, and is the reason many of us may have gone into recruitment. 

Let us help you by getting in touch today – Send us your CV.

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Eddie Farrell avatar
Senior Recruitment Consultant
+353 1649 8590