When considering a new position in commercial construction, working with a recruiter can open numerous opportunities. Recruiters have in-depth knowledge and insights into the job market that can be invaluable resources. Still, many people don’t know what to expect when working with a recruiter. Here are some tips to get the most out of a relationship with a recruiter when seeking new career opportunities.

Communication

To have a successful experience working with a recruiter, practice strong communication skills. Communicate your goals as clearly as possible. Share the type of position and company you gravitate toward. Give them as much feedback as possible. If they present a job that doesn’t feel right, explain why in detail. This will help them better understand what you are looking for. Communication needs to be timely and responsive. If they send an email, respond to them as soon as possible. Don’t go a week or two without communicating with a recruiter; they may start to think you have already accepted a job somewhere else.

Honesty and Transparency

Honesty and transparency are both essential elements for working with a recruiter. Don’t use hyperbole when describing credentials or achievements. A recruiter needs accurate facts about your experience and employment history. They won’t be able to find a job that is a good fit if they do not have complete information. Plus, most recruiters will perform a background check in the process. There has to be trust in the relationship. If they find out there was deception, you could lose opportunities entirely.

Take the Recruiter’s Guidance

Keep an open mind when you are working with a recruiter. Construction recruiters know the market inside and out. They know what works and what doesn’t. They are experts in the employment market and in the commercial construction industry at large. When they offer advice it is based on experience and they are genuinely trying to help. Consider their guidance throughout the recruiting process. They can help improve your resume, your interview techniques, and even help with salary negotiations. Finding the right fit can be challenging, so it is important to listen to the guidance they offer.

Job hunting can be stressful and time consuming. Working with a construction recruiter can make the process much more manageable and successful. Having an expert offering marketplace experience and industry knowledge can make all the difference. To make the most of the experience, be honest, practice strong communication, and trust the recruiter’s guidance.

 

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