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Choosing The Right Recruiter For You

Brenda Jameson


​So you’ve decided it’s time to look for a new role or change the direction that your career is heading in.  Congratulations – you’ve just completed the first and easiest step in the recruitment process!  So, what comes next?  Job hunting can be daunting, so how should you best tackle the next part of the process. 

You have two options.  You can go it alone and apply for roles you see on job boards, or use your networks and connections to try to secure your next position. These are both great and often successful options which will hopefully bring you that new opportunity that you are seeking. The job market can be difficult to navigate though.  With this in mind, sometimes your best chance of success will be to partner with a professional who can assist you through the process.  This is where recruiters become invaluable.

With so many recruiters out there, how do you choose a recruiter that will best assist you?  How do you know that a recruiter will understand what you need and have your best interests as priority? Navigating this part of the process and taking time to choose the right recruiter for you should be your number one priority. Here are some tips to ensure that you’re partnering with the recruiter that will give you the best chance at securing your future.

1. Choose an industry professional.

Your recruiter should understand the market that you want to go into.  If you’re looking for a role as an Accountant, it is pointless to place your job search in the hands of a recruiter who recruits in the Sales & Marketing field.  You need to be working with a specialist who works in your desired market every day. This is the most important step. Take some time to do your research on firms that work in your market of choice. 

2. Get to know your recruiter.

Whenever possible, meet with your recruiter face to face.  Have an open, lengthy and honest discussion in person so that your recruiter can get to know you.  A 5 minute conversation over the phone isn’t going to achieve the desired results.  You will end up being
sent on interviews with potential employers that don’t fit the brief of what you’re looking for.  You need to make certain that you have built a good connection with the person who is going to be advocating for you throughout the recruitment process.

3. Formalise the process.

Ensure that you sign all the necessary privacy forms which are put in place to protect both you and the recruitment agency.  A reputable agency will have processes and systems in place designed to protect your privacy.  Ensure that your privacy is protected at all times. This is VERY important.

4. Know where your details we going.

You need to ensure that at every stage of the process you are kept up to date with where your details are being sent.  Your recruiter should be checking in with you and advising you of where your resume has been submitted and/or asking permission prior to sending.  This is imperative. A reputable recruiter will have the conversations with you throughout the process so that you know where you are being represented.

5. Be respected.

A professional and ethical recruiter will always ensure that your best interests are put first and foremost.  Our role is to assist you.  If you ever find yourself in a situation whereby you feel your recruiter is “pushing” you toward certain roles or is coercing you to attend interviews that are really of no interest to you, then you have every right to withdraw yourself from the process and working with them. Your job search is about YOU and should remain that way. 


A good recruiter is one who will consult with you through the process and work with you to obtain the best possible outcome.  They will keep you informed and make sure that you are receiving the best possible advice and service. Make sure you take the time to source a good one!