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How to Impress a Recruitment Consultant

By Vikki Cave – Senior Recruitment Consultant for Accountancy, Finance & Commercial.

Why is it important to impress a Recruitment Consultant?

First of all they are the gateway to potential employers; Recruitment Consultants build strong relationships with clients and can be highly influential and very persuasive. Companies trust their Consultant to understand their business and trust that they know what they are looking for, and this could be just the key to you becoming employed.

A Recruiter wants to get to know you as a candidate;

  • Your CV
  • Experience
  • Personality
  • Future goals

Remember they will be representing you to potential employers, therefore be enthusiastic, detailed, open, honest and let your personality shine. When talking about your experience ensure you show off and highlight your real key skills, knowledge, and experience.

The Registration Process:

The registration process is all about taking the relationship to the next level with a face to face meeting. This is a great opportunity to make a real impression, make sure you come prepared, fail to prepare then prepare to fail.

First of all be smartly dressed as first impressions count, make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes early. Most importantly have all your documentation with you – ID, certificates and reference details. If for some reason you don’t have all the required documentation then communicate this with your Consultant prior to you appointment.

Be open and honest with your Consultant when discussing future jobs, if you feel that the role in question is not quite right then don’t just say yes to being put forward, only to withdraw at a later date, honesty is the best policy. It also helps your Consultant to really understand what you are ideally looking for. When discussing potential job roles ask questions to show how keen you are, take notes of what roles are being discussed. The relationship is a two way street as your Consultant will keep you updated with new jobs and where your applications are progressing.

Your Recruitment Consultant has a wealth of knowledge utilise it! Listen to what they say, take on board their advice, ask their opinion, make notes when they are giving you interview preparation.

After the initial face to face meeting the relationship needs to be nurtured and maintained, stay in touch over roles you have been submitted for. Your Consultant will let you know the outcome once feedback from the company has been received, however this shows just how keen you are.

Your Consultant will work hard for you if you work hard with them!

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