Commonly, job seekers only think to use labour hire recruiters when they are actively seeking the next job opportunity. Whilst this is true, there is much to be said for connecting with recruiters throughout all stages of a career.

Not only are they successful in connecting prospective candidates to jobs, they bring the benefits of maintaining sustainable and healthy relationships with current candidates and could be the answer to getting ahead. Over time, this networking has been taken advantage of by many savvy working professionals as it is often conducive to getting ahead.

Why sustain a recruiter/candidate relationship?

As a candidate, sustaining a working relationship with a recruitment consultant builds professional trust over time which commonly produces a great career advocate when job seeking. They can inform candidates of jobs that have not yet been publicly released and keep them in the loop of these opportunities. Maintaining this relationship with a recruiter ensures that the employment door remains open to professional development opportunities and assists you more quickly in being an active member of the workforce if you are changing careers, or find yourself suddenly unemployed.

Additionally, recruiters are highly knowledgeable and well-placed to give insider advice on industry activity. This includes pay rates and salary bandings, company culture and leadership teams, plus the latest company or industry news. Even if you believe you have job security, it is still worthwhile keeping up-to-date with these movements occurring across the industry.

How to be at the forefront of a recruiters mind

First and foremost, simply, keep in touch! Whether this is through email, telephone contact or social media (where appropriate), recruiters know your important information, career achievements and highlights, and from this can better apply to you to future opportunities that may arise.

It is important to remember that communication between recruiter and candidate is a two-way street. To continually grow and foster a positive working relationship, communication not be one-sided updates on the candidate’s successes and needs. Demonstrating a keen interest in the labour hirer’s work can be done by asking questions, keeping in contact, sharing industry content (blogs or articles), social media posts, and testimonials, or even referring a suitable candidate to their agency are great options to build upon the recruiter/candidate relationship.

Lastly, successful candidates are those who make their intentions clear early on, outlining what they want and where they are striving to go in their career and as a result of this, they are favoured considerably. They have a good understanding of the job market and where they fit into it, including their own market worth.

Knowing which recruiter is right for you

When looking for a career advocate, the recruiter you choose can often have the greatest impact on your employment success. Ensuring the recruiter has the relevant sphere of knowledge in your chosen field of expertise will be more conducive in recommending suitable work. Second to this, look for a recruiter who has been operating for a long period of time, or if you want to score a slam dunk, look for recruiters who have a combination of professional expertise and success, as well as years of experience. This can be supported by considering the recruiter’s role within their agency. Do they form part of the management team, or are they a senior or junior consultant? Do they have relevant industry standing and have established themselves as a reputable recruiter? Do your professional peers know who they are?

When seeking work as a candidate, the importance of establishing and building an ongoing working relationship with the most suitable recruiter cannot be understated. By doing your research, you can make sure they tick all your career boxes. Even if you are unsuccessful at first in gaining employment through them, be sure to stay in touch. In today’s professional network, future job application successes often rely on who you know and who can advocate for you and as such, a positive recruiter/candidate relationship may make all the difference.