#1 TALK TO ME, BABY
Communication is key so don’t throw that phone out the window just yet. The more you talk to them the smoother everything runs. That’s not to say you need to pour out your every hope and dream or go for dinner with them every week, but instead of an email, pick up the phone. If you’re not happy about something, give them feedback and point them in the right direction. Be sure to share what your vision and goals are, there is no way to align you with the perfect opportunity or prep you for that interview if you’re not 100% honest and on-board with the process.
#2 WE WON’T ALWAYS BE ON CLOUD 9
We’d like to think that the relationship will be a smooth ride every step of the way, but let’s keep it real here for a second. People have bad days, people miscommunicate, they make mistakes and they trip up. A bad day is just a bad day, it’s not the end of a relationship. This is a two-way street, and it’s imperative that you work through the process together. There are usually multiple parties involved and a ton of logistics. When dealing with life changing situations things can get sensitive and it’s imperative that you move through the process with objectivity and an eye on the prize. If there is a hiccup, work through it via communication and understand that sometimes, sh*t happens. So, keeping things focused on the end result will make the little bumps that can sometimes arise easier to navigate. Now, let’s be clear also in that this should be the exception and not the rule of the relationship. It is also important to use common sense and know when you may have a bad egg on your hands. If that is the case it’s completely appropriate to have an objective conversation and move on to another recruiter or opportunity — just remember you don’t need to burn the bridge… you only need to cross it!
#3 HELP ME, HELP YOU
Most recruiters are in the business because they get a kick out of changing lives. They’re passionate about what they do and they want you to find your perfect job. The recruitment industry is full of long days and longer nights. Grueling meetings and a whole load of hustle. it’s not easy and you don’t do that unless you want to really help people. The best way to help is by being honest about what you want, your experience and staying in the loop communication wise. Don’t try to hustle them in order to get something… trust us they do this every day and they know when something is off and it just makes things a million times more complicated and less enjoyable for everyone. Stay true to your scorecard, keep the lines of communication flowing and always be honest about what you want… it’s the only way they can do their part in helping you achieve it.
#4 ALL WE NEED IS LOVE
Recruiters are efficient, full of business speak and spend their days running around. They seem like recruiting machines but the reality is they need a little bit of loving from time to time. Drop them an email at the end of the week with a positive message or a note of thanks or a random thought. They’re not all as tough as they seem and your gratitude for interviews and job offers goes a long way. Just trust us on this…