It's often stressful looking for a new job, but the stress can be eased through using a recruitment agency. You may feel anxious passing on the search to someone else, but you shouldn't feel like that! It's easier than you think ... here's How To Relax whilst using one.
1. Be Clear What You Want. This is important to your wellbeing as a muddled thought process could lead to a position you will not enjoy. Start a journal and consider your strengths. Imagine how your future could look: can your skills be used in a similar area or could it be a different sector to work in? Note these ideas down and develop further into concrete plans. This will guide the job search, as there are agencies who specialise in specific areas. Think about your own situation and how much you would need and like to earn. Whilst you should not tell the recruiter income specifics, it could be beneficial to provide them a guide to help your search. Go for a bracket that represents what you should earn; after all, lower details could lead to the recruiter finding roles with considerably less income, and you really don’t want that!
2. Provide a Clear Narrative For Your Search. After all, your recruiter will not be psychic! Reflect on the reasons you are looking for a new job and log in your journal. Be concise; avoid negative/abstract points such as I’m desperate to leave my current job” or “I am bored with what I do ...” Flip the thoughts into concise positive ideas such as “I want to embrace new challenges” and then detail specifically what these are.
3. Use Your CV As a Map To Your Ideal Job. Being concise will likely reduce anxiety as the process will allow you to consider and/or know what you want. Don’t just write your CV for possible employers to read but for your recruiter to help look for suitable jobs. Therefore, be clear in your language. Don’t waffle about your skills; make these relevant to you CV. Avoid gaps in your career but be ready to clarify any that may emerge. Overall, make it clear what you want; signpost this in the language used to help the recruiter understand your objectives.
4. Work with Your Recruiter. You don't want stress to be generated from an unhelpful working situation. So, ensure a positive two-way relationship from the outset. Look professional to show you mean business. Be honest if a position is not right for you. What’s the worst that can happen if you tell your agency you don’t think the position is suitable? It would be worse to enter a job that has negative effects on your career and mental health. Whilst you don’t need to be in touch twenty-four seven, don’t go off the radar, as the recruiter has a job to do in filling a vacancy and you may be overlooked.
5. Ask Questions. Don’t feel embarrassed to query issues. After all, you don’t want to feel anxious about making a decision on incomplete information. In fact, your recruiter would be surprised if you didn't! Here are a few questions to ask: “How long has the position been open for?” “Is this a newly created position?” “Who is the hiring manager? "Who will do the interview?” “What skills are important to this vacancy?” “Why has the position not been filled yet?”
6. Multi-task! There’s no reason why you shouldn’t look for work yourself at the same time as going to a recruitment agency/agencies. Being pro-active will bring you positivity and will speed up finding a new position. Don’t feel the need to inform the recruiter about this as it could affect other negotiations you make. Remember, there is a benefit to hiring a recruiter but they are being hired/paid to feel positions for their client. If you are speaking with numerous companies there is no harm in telling your recuiter this; it shows you are dedicated and professional. Following through with this approach gives you more chance you will find the job you want.
7. Keep Some Plans To Yourself. You may be thinking of settling down and having a family or doing further study at another time further down the line. Don't worry about these! They are just thoughts at the moment. Use the mantra: "If your situation does not affect this position, leave it out."
8. Be Aware Of Stumbling Blocks. Three interviews is generally a sufficient number before an offer is given. If the potential employer is stalling on a decision inform your recruiter that this is unacceptable. Be wary of the agency wanting you to continue a protracted process to get a commission. This isn't correct; if the recruiter is not right for you, don’t give up on the agency route, choose another.
9. Listen To Feedback. Your recruiter is not just there to find suitable positions for you; they can provide interview advice and CV guidance. So, listen to this, as focussing on ways to improve can bring you a job offer more quickly. Get further support.
10. Play Getting The Job You Want. Always consider all the positives and negatives to an offer: this should include the base-salary, bonusses and any other benefits. Don't just think about how it affects you financially; review how you felt. Can you see yourself being happy at the business? If not, why not? Would you fit in well? Does this change your opinion of an offer? How long do you see yourself at the company for? If there is more than one offer compare each for their strengths and weaknesses. It is important to tell your recruiter; if the further offer did not come through an agency, be clear with your recruiter and ask for your offer to be matched. Assert yourself! Persist! You deserve the best!
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