The job search can be potentially stressful for anyone seeking a new career. A professional recruitment consultant can alleviate this unnecessary stress and help match you with your desired career path.

Here are some useful pointers on how you can get the best out of working with recruitment consultants:

Establishing trust

Trust is extremely important in building a successful relationship with your consultant. He is there to help you, and he needs to understand your situation to find that perfect position for you.

Follow up

Remember that recruitment consultants receive over 50 resumés each day so always follow up with a phone call after sending out your resumé. This helps consultants to remember you better and it also gives you the chance to sell your qualifications.

If they like what they hear, they will schedule to meet up with you, and this is better than sitting by the phone and wondering when they will call.

Be transparent

Every recruitment consultant loves an honest candidate. Being honest and transparent gives your recruitment consultant a better idea of how he can assist you with your job search.

Tell him the real reasons why you are leaving your current job or why you left your previous job. Share what you are looking for and what you liked or did not like about your job.

Remember that consultants do not judge. They are not the decision makers and are only there to help with the hiring process. At the end of the day, it still boils down to how you perform at the interview.

Describe your requirements and preferences with regard to your preferred salary, relocation and other matters. For example, if you are not keen on relocating, make sure to mention it to your consultant so that he does not match you to a job that requires you to do so.

Be open-minded

A professional recruitment consultant will always provide you with feedback on your interviews or advise you on your current career path, moving beyond job matches. He also provides consultations and advice. Take this advice with an open mind and don’t get defensive. Your consultant is only trying to help you and is not scrutinising you without a reason.

Be realistic

You will be better placed for a job match if you have realistic expectations. Consultants will have an easier time matching you to a position based on your educational qualifications and experience.

If you are currently a manager, do not seek a director-level position unless you have accrued a sufficient amount of experience. Remember, if your consultants think you are worth more than you are asking, they will always help you seek a higher salary.

Be committed and cooperative

Your commitment to this process is extremely important in facilitating the chances of your success. When a consultant arranges an interview for you with a prospective employer, be prepared and try to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Read the company and job information your consultant has sent you and make sure to turn up. If you really cannot make your appointment, try to call at least one day before and suggest an alternative date. Never call at the very last minute or worst yet, not turn up at all.

A good candidate is someone who says what he means and does what he says. He is also the one who tends to impress the interviewers most and, therefore, more likely to get the job.

Be patient

Consultants understand how eager you are to find a job. However, it won’t help if you keep calling your consultant every two hours asking when you will get an interview. He needs time to evaluate your CV and time to match you with a suitable position. Sit back, wait a little, and if you still do not hear from him in three days, call him for an update.

Be professional

Your professional demeanour is a reflection of your work attitude. Whenever consultants conduct an initial face-to-face interview, they will always observe how you talk and behave. Never forget the fundamentals of making a good impression on your recruitment consultant.

Expert help

Engaging the help of professional recruitment consultants has its advantages because they usually have the best jobs on hand; especially those that are not advertised. If you are not sure which recruitment agency to approach, ask friends for referrals or do a search on the Internet.

Look out for specialist consultants and the ones that specialise in your industry. This helps you differentiate your niche within the job market and target only what is relevant to you.

Recruitment consultants are able to store your resumé in their database and they may very well have the perfect position for you in the future.