The Truth About How to Work with a Recruiter

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You might have landed here for one of two reasons: you’re hoping to get the most out of working with a recruiter, or you’ve already interviewed with one of our Recruitment Consultants.
 
Either way, welcome to TAG HR!
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In this blog, you’ll learn about what working with a recruiter really means, how to approach this professional relationship, plus what to expect before and after your discovery interview with us.

Benefits of Building a Relationship with a Recruiter

First things first: a reputable recruitment firm, such as TAG HR, can:
  • Provide advice and tips to enhance your resume: our Recruitment Consultants have a keen eye for errors, discrepancies and key words you should include in your resume.
  • Get your resume in front of employers: as opposed to manually submitting your profile and hitting “apply” for every open role, we can get your resume in front of our list of clients with little to no effort from you.
  • Help level up your interview skills: feeling the nerves before an interview? Or it’s been a few years since your last one? Book a practice interview to help you prepare and answer any questions or concerns you may have ahead of the big day.
  • Negotiate for you with your future employer: rather than doing the negotiating on your own, your Recruitment Consultant can take on this conversation for you. Whether you’re looking for higher pay, an earlier start to your insurance policy, or squeeze in one last vacation, if it’s within reason, we’ll do our best to make it happen.
Since our recruitment efforts are based on current client demand, you might not land the perfect opportunity right away. But even if there’s no employers currently hiring for your specific expertise, once you’ve interviewed with our Recruitment Consultants, you can:
  • Receive early access to future opportunities: We’ll let you know if a new opportunity comes up.
  • Be proactively promoted to our clients: Your profile will be anonymously promoted to our entire employer network, even if they aren’t hiring.

Before Meeting with a Recruiter

Meeting with a Recruitment Consultant is an exciting first step to landing your next job. To make the most out of this opportunity, consider the following tips to help you prepare and put your best self forward.

Don't Overlook Your Recruiter's Specialty
You wouldn’t ask a pastry chef to make sushi, right? Similarly, you can’t expect a legal recruiter to help you land a job as a teacher.
 
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Every industry has its unique terminology, certifications, and requirements. This is where recruiters come in—they specialize in specific industries, levels of seniority, and job types (contract vs. full-time), making them well-versed in matching candidates to the right opportunities.
 
To verify if a Recruiter is an expert within your industry, visit their personal or company website or LinkedIn profile to explore their specialty through job openings or their ‘about’ page to make sure that they’re equipped to help you land your next opportunity.
Key Takeaway
Although we’d love to help everyone across all industries, as the saying goes, “A jack of all trades is a master of none.” Our recruitment efforts are focused on Legal, Accounting, Finance, Government Consultant, and IT.
 
Before registering with us, we recommend checking out our full list of industries and specialties to see if they align with your experience.
Build Trust with Honesty and Transparency
From the wise words of our Recruitment Consultant, Todd Moise, “Everyone’s circumstances are unique (…) The more you’re comfortable with sharing, the better I can help you find the perfect fit.”
 
Communication and transparency are key to having a productive experience with your recruiter. We appreciate knowing if you’re applying for jobs on your own, your preferences and goals in the workplace, your reasoning behind your salary expectations, and any employers you’d prefer to avoid. We’re your partners in this job search! By being open and honest, your preferences help us narrow our search for your next dream job.
Maintain Professional Rapport
Imagine this. You’re a recruiter hopping onto an interview with a promising candidate, and they show up to the call with a vape in hand, treating you like their ‘bro’ and swears while describing their past employer. In fact, they’re sitting on the toilet while answering your questions. Would you feel confident to move them to the next step? —people have done that to us.
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Jokes aside, we trust your ability to be professional and put your best self forward in an interview. However, every interaction indeed matters. From the way you communicate over email to how you present yourself in an interview and when you sign the contract, you’re expected to remain respectful towards employers and recruiters.
 
Looking for a new job is a stressful experience, and sometimes emotions get involved. We’ve all been there, and we get it. But it’s important to remember, especially during these emotional times, that your recruiters are also human. A reputable recruitment firm will strive to put the emotional and physical safety of its own employees first. As such, we have a zero-tolerance policy for offensive behaviour and can end the partnership as a result.
Stay Communicative. It's okay if you’ve found another job
Life changes! Sometimes, something comes up along the way that temporarily ends your job hunt. But don’t forget to let your recruiter know of any changes to your job-seeking status. If you have an interview scheduled, please let us know in a timely manner and cancel your appointment in advance.
 
No one likes to be stood up on, so be honest with your recruiter about why you’re cancelling. Don’t worry —we can pick up where we left off whenever you’re ready.

After Meeting with a Recruiter

Two things can happen after your initial discovery interview with one of our Recruitment Consultants: your profile may be forwarded and presented to an employer, or there’s no active need for your position.
 
Here’s what you’ll need to keep in mind if your profile is moving forward to an employer:
Respond Promptly to Opportunities
After your interview, check your email frequently and keep your phone charged.
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During this period, we’ll share your profile with 5-10 potential employers discussed during your discovery call. Quick responses signal your interest amid fierce competition, as interviews are scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Remember that it is your due diligence to research the employers to whom you’ll be presented.

If you’re feeling uncertain or have already interviewed with the employer, please tell us. It’s important to be honest throughout the process to continue building trust in order to make the most of your time while working with us.

Engage Proactively and Respect Everyone's Time
Stay engaged with the process and follow up if you haven’t heard from us in a while, but don’t follow up excessively (multiple times a day).
 
Rest assured that you will be the first to know when:
  • A new opportunity arises for you to confirm your interest in moving forward.
  • A client wants to book an interview with you.
  • We’re continuing to market your profile.
  • We’re waiting for feedback from the client.
 
The average time to place a candidate can vary, but patience is a virtue!
Prepare Your References and Keep them Informed
When you get the news that we’ll be moving forward with your application, contact and inform three of your professional references. Let your references know the name of the recruitment firm and your Recruitment Consultant, and that we’ll be reaching out in the coming days.
 
If possible, tell us of their availability in which they can take our calls.
Take Your Recruiter's Advice Seriously
Our recruiters hold extensive industry experience and insights into current employer preferences in your area.
 
Take their advice into consideration, especially when it comes to preparing for interviews, what to highlight/add in your resume, and how to present yourself effectively. We’re here to help you land your next opportunity, so don’t underestimate the recruiter’s guidance.
Bonus Tip

Sending a thank you note to an employer within 24 hours after an interview can make a significant difference in showing your attitude towards working there. It also gives us a chance to follow up on your behalf rather than waiting for a response!  

Stay Connected on LinkedIn
Stay connected on LinkedIn with your recruiter and the recruitment firm to build a long-term relationship. This will not only help you stay informed about new job openings and industry trends but may also allow opportunities for reconnecting in the future.
Refer Others to Support Your Network

If you find success through our services or think someone else might be a better fit for a position, refer them to us! Not only are you opening doors for others, but there’s also a referral bonus of up to $500 for every successful referral. Refer someone you know today!

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Finding your next opportunity through a recruitment firm can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. By following our guide, partnering with a firm that specializes in your industry, and communicating with transparency and respect, you can minimize frustrations and build lasting connections for years to come.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team and your assigned lead recruiter. We are looking forward to continuing to work with you!

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