Recruitment consultants are not just job brokers. They can add huge value to your job search, and building mutual respect and a constructive working relationship will benefit you in many ways, including:

  • Passing on key market and sector knowledge and news
  • Guide you through the different career opportunities available for you to help you identify the right move for you
  • Advise you on areas and skills you need to develop to build your career and how to action this
  • Helping you build your understanding of the market, companies, key players and the realities of your sector
  • Reviewing and advising you on your LinkedIn presence and CV
  • Preparing you fully and effectively for interviews
  • Talking through your feedback and thoughts after interviews to help you identify the right opportunity for you to build your career
  • Help you manage your offer acceptance process and resignation

In the current market recruitment consultants are receiving hundreds of applications a day.  Your challenge is to stand out and ensure you have the opportunity to get the full benefit of working with a recruitment consultant.  Key strategies to follow are:

  • Make sure you are applying for opportunities which match your background, experience and education
  • Identify a recruitment consultant to develop a relationship with who is a specialist in your sector
  • Follow the required process for applying for the role – for example if it is through their website then follow that process
  • If you feel that an opportunity you have applied for is an exact match for you then call the consultant a few days after you have applied to see what is happening with the vacancy and introduce yourself
  • If a recruitment consultant calls you to talk through the role and your application take time to talk to them. Use this call as an opportunity to find out more about them and their specialisation and tell them about you.  Do not rush the call, this could be an opportunity for not just one job but to be first in line for other roles that come up.
  • Ask your recruitment consultant for help. For example, ask them what they would change on your CV or LinkedIn profile, ask them what their thoughts are on the market.  Engage with your consultant and you will be forefront of their minds when they are talking to clients.
  • Pass on your thoughts and market updates. The relationship is a two-way street, if you pass on knowledge you will receive it in turn.
  • Communication and honesty are key. Keep your consultant up to date on what you are doing, even if you are interviewing elsewhere and not through them.  Give them honest feedback and thoughts.
  • Do not hide your thoughts or plans or directly approach a client behind the consultants back. This will cause a complete breakdown in communications.

Always remember your consultant is representing you to contacts and clients in your sector and fostering a positive and constructive relationship will ensure that you are represented in the best light.  If you are respectful, honest and open with your consultant they will be the same with you.

Consultants at Alan Mitchell are true specialist in the corporate finance, M&A and Equity research and sales sectors and all build long term working relationships.  If you are keen to find out more about how we could help you with your job search or with your future career ambitions then please do get in touch to arrange a confidential consultation with one of our consultants or researchers.   Please email Kathy Lambert – – or follow this link to see our current jobs.  We also offer a careers guidance service so if you would like some tailored careers advice and coaching to support you please follow this link to find out more.

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