Sometimes, jobs with the hottest companies can only be obtained by working with a recruiter. Recruiters have inside knowledge about the freshest jobs in the market. Since they work closely with many local hiring managers, they are often the first to be notified about open positions.

If you want to score a spot on a team that’s working on “the next big thing”, teaming up with a recruiter or staffing firm may be the way to go. Here are several tips to keep in mind that will make it easier for you to land your ideal job.

Introduce Yourself First

When you first contact a staffing firm, you may have to share contact information or details about your professional background before asking for sensitive details about the project. Recruiters often cannot reveal specific details about a position until they can confirm they are speaking to a legitimate potential candidate.

Be comfortable with sharing details.

It is the recruiter’s job to ask questions to make sure the candidate is a clear match for the position. If the candidate stretches the truth about his skill level or cannot elaborate upon his past experience, the recruiter will begin to question his technical abilities and be wary about moving forward with the process. Even if the candidate feels that certain relevant details would decrease his/her chances, withholding the truth is a bad move.

Keep your recruiter in the loop.

It’s very important that the candidate communicate to the recruiter exactly where they are in the job hunt process. If the candidate is close to accepting another offer, they should let the recruiter know. The recruiter may be able to expedite the interview or hiring process to accommodate for his special circumstances. If the candidate is confused about the specifics of a position, he should voice his concerns. The recruiter will be happy to clarify any confusion about the job because they want the candidate to be confident that the position is right for them.

Be flexible.

Remember, the recruiter is on your side and wants to help you score your ideal job, so try to be as flexible as possible when arranging interview slots. The hiring manager also wants to be sure they hire a good match for the project, so several interviews might be required beore they select a candidate. It may be a slight inconvenience to the candidate’s current schedule, but if they are selected for multiple interviews, this is a good thing! It means the manager has strong interest in them and they are a top contender for the position.

Keeping these tips in mind will ensure you get the most of the relationship with your recruiter and find the job you want!

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