Can a recruiter help you find your next job? You’ve probably heard other people in the shipyard talk about their experience using a temporary staffing agency to help them find opportunities, but does it work? Recruiters can be an amazing resource and a part of your network, but there are things you can do to help them help you. If you think working with a recruiter could be beneficial, take a look at this guide on how to work with a recruiter to find your next job.
Give Them Time
Every job will have its own specific timeline. If you talk to a recruiter on Tuesday morning, don’t expect an answer on Tuesday afternoon. They will need to communicate with the hiring manager, other candidates, and you. This can take a lot of coordination and schedule juggling. Give them the time they need. If you show frustration with the normal process, they may choose not to work with you.
An Even Exchange
Working with a recruiter is about building relationships and all of your communication should be a two-way street. If you are unable to communicate what it is you really need, you can’t expect the recruiter to know. Talk to them about your career goals and allow them to connect with their network on your behalf. Always be honest about your needs and you can expect the same from them.
You already know that communication is essential to your career. Communicating with your recruiter will help you find what you’re looking for if you do it effectively. You are absolutely encouraged to follow up, but don’t pester. Use email when you can to help facilitate the conversations. Know that the recruiter is also waiting for people to communicate, so don’t take your frustration out on them.
When working with a recruiter you need to keep one important factor in mind. For any position they will submit several equally qualified candidates. The final decision will be up to the shipyard’s hiring manager. In most cases, only one person can get the job. If you’re not the lucky candidate, don’t get angry. Your recruiter is not responsible and will still help you find another position. Be gracious and talk to them about other opportunities.