Here are some helpful hints to assist you in building a strong partnership with your search consultant:
Whether you are actively seeking new employment or are gainfully employed, the right search consultant can provide you with in-depth industry knowledge, assist you in developing your career goals and offer a great source for networking. The relationship you establish today will positively impact your career for years to come.
To be a good partner, make sure to:
Present your qualifications and accomplishments clearly, concisely and without exaggeration. Be realistic about your expectations and be willing to take constructive criticism and advice. Most resumes need some modification in order to best present your skills to a potential employer.
Be professional, someone that a potential employer would enjoy having on their team. A candidate with refined interpersonal skills will be a winner every time.
Be honest about where you have forwarded your credentials. If you have targeted your search through a mass mailing or through an Internet posting, a good search consultant will not want to duplicate your efforts. It's a losing proposition for all.
Flexibility is key during the job search process. It is far easier to place someone who is flexible than someone who places too many restrictions.
Return a search consultants call...promptly. Remember the search consultant is working on your behalf. Having to be reminded to send a resume, or be tracked down for an interview appointment is a waste of time. The search consultant will take this into consideration when future opportunities present themselves.
To ensure the search consultant is an equally good partner:
Ask questions of the search consultant including their tenure and their other professional experience. You should know as much about them as they will be learning about you.
Ask the consultant if they are a member of the most prominent trade associations, about their attendance at industry trade shows and what trade publications they read consistently. A good partner will be on top of their game.
Explore the breadth of the search consultant's network. Do they work with multinational as well as national and regional companies? This is critical as the broader the scope the more opportunities they can present to you.
Be sure the consultant expresses sincere interest in your background. Does he/she advise you on presentation skills, offer tips on improving your resume, take the time to understand what you are seeking.
Be sure the consultant calls promptly and don't forget to ask about confidentiality. Your resume should not be submitted to a potential employer without your permission.
Being a good partner during the recruiting process can be just as important as having outstanding professional and academic credentials. Selecting the best search consultant is the first step in achieving your professional goals.