It can be a strange feeling to put your career in the hands of a recruiter. There aren’t many other instances where you share sensitive information and receive a service from someone who you’re not paying. Consequently, a recruiter’s questions can seem confusing and even intrusive.
Yet recruiters need a candidate’s trust and cooperation to be able to do a good job. So to help you better understand your recruiter and make the most of their services, we’re giving you a view into their head. We asked our recruitment consultants what they wish you knew – here’s what they said.
Say you’re happy where you are; you’re not actively job hunting, and only the most perfect of positions would make you move right now. So what’s the point in catching up with a recruiter? Imagine this: in half a year’s time, your ideal job – the one you’ve never seen described, apart from in your head – comes across our desk. It will only be there for a few months, maybe even weeks. It’s perfectly suited to your skills, aspirations and lifestyle, but if we don’t know that, we won’t know to pick up the phone to you. The opportunity is missed, and that ideal match never gets made.
Taking just ten minutes out of your day to update us on your situation and career goals is an investment in your future: it means you can get stuck into your current role, safe in the knowledge that someone is monitoring the job market for you. It also means we can tailor our communications; after all, we don’t want to bother you with vacancies that are no longer right for you.
“Job security and satisfaction can change quickly; someone who felt safe and happy in their role a month ago may feel very different now. So having someone keep an eye on new opportunities for you can save you time and inconvenience in the long run.” - Charlotte, Key Client Team Leader at Hobson Prior
It’s not easy to divulge sensitive information, such as your salary expectations and reasons for leaving your current role. We’ve been there ourselves and we know it can feel uncomfortable. However, without a comprehensive understanding of these things, we can’t represent you properly or negotiate effectively for what you want. We’ll be much better placed to fight your corner if we have a comprehensive understanding of your job history and motives.
“Be upfront and honest about anything that will affect your decision. This way, we can advise our client if the role needs to be discussed or redefined.” - Lewis, Regulatory Recruitment Consultant at Hobson Prior
Companies are often open to being flexible about working arrangements and remuneration to secure the best individual for their role. If we can be transparent about your requirements early on, they’ll be far more receptive to a discussion than if you make additional requests after the offer is proposed. If your requirements aren’t realistic or if the role wouldn’t suit you, we’ll be honest – and while we realise this can be disappointing to hear, it will actually save you time and effort. Ultimately, an open, honest relationship means we can secure a job offer that’s exactly right for you. Which leads us on to our next point.
We know there are some recruiters out there who will try to shoehorn you into any old job, but that’s neither effective nor our style. Working in a competitive industry, we rely on our reputation for exceptional recruitment services to grow our business, but if a candidate isn’t happy in their new role they may leave or underperform. We take pride in our consulting skills and it’s important to us that we do a good job – so if you’re happy, we’re happy.
You can help us guarantee your happiness in a new role by being honest about your expectations (see #2), and by recognising and communicating what brings you job satisfaction. Have a good think about the type of working environments you thrive in, the kind of people you get on with, the projects you want to work on and the skills you want to develop. We can use this information to qualify employers and negotiate job offers, saving you time and ensuring a successful outcome.
“Each company has a unique working environment, and each candidate has unique preferences. Understanding both enables me to make the perfect match.” - Elliot Tiffin, Production, Engineering and R&D Team Leader
We’re always happy to hear from talented professionals working in the life sciences industry. If you’d like to hear about our latest vacancies, or simply discuss your long-term career plan, why not get in touch with us? Alternatively, visit our Meet the Team page to learn more about our specialist recruitment consultants.