How To Get the Most Out of Working With a Recruiter

By Sophie Richards on 05 August 2020

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As unemployment rates soar, it’s a tough time to be a job seeker. If you haven’t already, it’s likely that soon enough you’ll come across a recruiter while you search SEEK, LinkedIn and other job boards looking for your next opportunity.

Before you say it… we know. Recruiters don’t always have the best reputation. But here at Kinexus, we love what we do and work with respect and a partnership attitude. Here are our top tips for working with a recruiter as well as answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Be honest

We understand that sometimes it’s hard to decide on how much information to share. We recently published a blog about whether it’s OK or not to lie in a job interview (spoiler – it’s not). But it’s not just about lying  - the more information you share with us, the more tools we have in our arsenal to advocate for you.

This includes details about your career history, including the reasons you’ve left previous roles, where you’re at on your job hunt, who else you’re speaking to and what salary you’re earning.

Imagine this scenario. We put you forward for a role and you get an interview, but the client is really slow at providing feedback. Meanwhile, you are in the final stages of applying for a role elsewhere, and that other organisation is chasing you for a decision. When we know about your other opportunities, we can use this information to help drive the process. We can say – hurry up! Or you’ll lose this candidate! Armed with this information, we can encourage our client to make a decision more quickly and get you as many opportunities on the table as possible.

Recruiters can be a great source of industry knowledge – use this to your advantage

Within defence industry, everyone knows everyone. One of the perks of working with a recruitment company is that they have multiple clients and often have access to general market knowledge you might not find elsewhere. We love talking about our industry and are always happy to advise on market trends, salaries and even insight into the employers with the best reputations. We understand our clients and can advise on their culture and provide tailored interview tips and tricks.

Keep your information up to date

Up to date resumes, LinkedIn profiles and contact numbers mean you are most likely to get a call when an interesting role comes in. It also makes you appear organised and engaged. Things can move really quickly within recruitment, and being easily contactable is a great advantage. LinkedIn especially is a great way to get noticed, both by employers and recruiters. Need tips on your LinkedIn profile? Take a look here, or ask your Kinexus recruiter.

And if you’re still left wondering how it all works, we’ve answered some of your FAQs below.

I’ve applied for that job directly with the client, can you still put me forward?

Unfortunately not. If the client already has your details, then they won’t be able to accept our recommendation. Putting you forward anyway isn’t a good look, for either of us. Trust me!

I’m looking for something specific, will you force me to apply for/ interview for jobs that I’m not interested in?

No, never. We want to help you get your next dream job, whatever that may be. We’re not square peg round hole kind of people.

I’ve sent you my resume, will you send it to all your clients without me knowing?

Another no. Another never. We won’t do anything with your personal details without your permission.

I’m on your database, will you call me when a role I’m suited for comes in?

We’ll do our best to! But if you see a role that you’re interested in, you’re always welcome to give us a call first.

To meet our team of awesome recruiters, go to our website here.


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