building a relationship with your recruiter

Building a good relationship with your recruiter is always crucial, but especially if you are looking at temporary roles. Gaining that great rapport with your recruiter enables your recruiter to understand what you are looking for in terms of career development, progression and specific strengths that you possess. Also being open and honest about your pain points and areas for development as your recruiter can aid with how to expand your knowledge and expertise. 

Here are some tips on how to build a relationship with your recruiter: 

  • Honest and open communication is critical. An example of this may be if your recruiter presents you with a role that you are not interested in, be honest about why this may not be the right role for you. 
  • Maintaining contact with your recruiter is a great way to build the relationship, especially if your recruitment consultant has placed you in a temporary position previously
  • Asking for guidance from your recruiter in terms of your resume, cover letter or career guidance is a great way to start a conversation with a consultant
  • Being transparent with your recruitment consultant is essential, especially if you have applied for other positions or are currently in an interview process elsewhere, as this allows your consultant to understand where you are within the recruitment process/what specifically you are looking for etc.
  • Asking your consultant about the current market is a great way to gain insight into the current market, what clients are looking for in candidates as well as if your salary expectations align with the market and your experience. 

There are multiple benefits on why it is such a great idea to build a relationship with your recruiter. This includes: 

  • Gaining extensive insight into the current Human Resources market as well as receiving salary surveys and any other useful information.
  • Finding the right opportunity for you: If you build that connection with one recruiter, this ensures that your human resources recruitment consultant knows exactly what you are looking for, and won’t waste your time in the process.
  • Your HR network: if you have been in constant contact with a specific recruiter who you know will point them in the right direction with a new career opportunity.
  • Creating future opportunities for you: If your temporary position is close to finishing with no extension imminent, your recruiter can find you your next opportunity within the HR space. 
  • Cutting time and multiple interview processes: Having one great relationship with a recruiter means your recruiter already knows you and what you are looking for.

If you are looking for your next temporary role, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We would love to hear from you. 


about the author

jacqueline kourlinis - consultant

Jacqueline is passionate about people. She ensures that finding the right candidates for her clients is a seamless experience for all stakeholders. She specialises in entry to mid-level HR roles within the commercial sector.

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