Most job hunters only think of working with a recruitment consultant when the time comes for them to actively start looking for a new job. It makes sense, recruitment consultants are good at connecting people to jobs. But, have you ever thought of maintaining a working relationship with a recruiter when you are happily employed?
Benefits of an ongoing relationship. Developing and maintaining a working relationship with a recruitment consultant doesn’t only mean that the door remains open to new career possibilities, it can also be a security net – they can assist you to bounce back into the job market quicker should you decide to change your role or if you ever find yourself in the position where you are out of work. If you are someone with great experience and potential a recruiter will place you more than once in your career and may keep you in mind even when you are not actively looking for a new role.
Staying front of mind with a recruiter. There are many ways to keep in touch, be it email, LinkedIn or other social media platforms – even when you are not looking to make a change in your current role. By doing this you can keep recruiters up to date with your ongoing career movements, highlights and achievements. You can use these platforms to discuss potential opportunities that may be available in the future.
How to choose the right recruiter. You should ensure they are a specialist in your niche industry and they are highly regarded within the industry too. Working with consultants who have previously worked in and understand the industry you are looking to work in will have major benefits throughout your search.
Take note of the consultants you work well with when you are looking for work, even if you do not gain employment through them. Do your research and if they tick the boxes above, be sure to stay in touch. Try to think of your recruiter as someone who will help nurture your career not just as a short term solution for your current job search.