If you’ve been looking for a job for a while, and haven’t had much luck, you may want to consider working with an engineering recruiter. If you haven’t worked with one in the past, you may have a few questions about what to expect and how this relationship will work.
One of the main reasons engineering candidates work with recruiters is that it makes the process of finding not just a good job – but a great job – much easier. Engineering recruiters who work in this field already have a network of executives in today’s top companies and they know what these executives are looking for. It’s a lot easier to be considered for a position when you have a recruiter matching you than it is to try to struggle through the ranks on your own.
Here are a few things you’ll need to know to get started.
First Steps in the Relationship
The first steps involve meeting with the recruiter and going through their initial interviewing phase. They’re going to ask you questions about your education and experience, as well as your overall career goals. Don’t be afraid to share with them – they are here to help you find the job you really want!
If you aren’t confident about putting together a resume or going out on interviews, this is a great time to bring this up. Your recruiter will be able to coach you and make the process much less stressful.
Sourcing Potential Positions and Sending Information
The next phase is sourcing potential positions in your field and making sure you’ll be a good fit. In most cases, your recruiter will bring you a list of positions and they’ll check with you to make sure you’re interested. Once you give them the go-ahead, they’ll send over your information and help get your interview scheduled.
One of the little known benefits of working with an engineering recruiter is the fact that you have someone in your corner who can negotiate with your future employer for you. Engineering candidates who work with recruiters quite often get higher salaries than those who walk in off the street.
Remember, you, as a candidate, won’t have to pay the recruiter anything for finding you a job. The company you end up with will pay their fee once you have been hired.
Honesty is the Best Policy
If you are working with an engineering recruiter, it is absolutely vital to be honest with them. Everything from your career goals to where you’ve already applied is essential information that they need to know. Even if you’re tempted to keep searching for jobs on your own, make sure your recruiter is in the loop.
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