Why it’s important to keep talking to your recruiter
Gone are the days when a job was for life; the average Briton now has at least six different jobs in their career, all at different companies, and the gig economy is having a profound impact on people’s work lives, even in the legal profession.
Developing a long-term partnership with a specialist recruitment agency is becoming much more common, as they can support you throughout your career. But to get the most from this relationship, it’s important to keep the channels of communication open at all stages of the recruitment process.
At the start of your job search
It may seem like a hassle to talk to a recruiter before they have even have even submitted you for a role, but this is a key part of the process. Recruiters do a lot more than simply send over CVs – by talking to you they can discuss your current position, motivations, aspirations and long-term career goals. They can then give you advice on tailoring your job search to best achieve those goals.
This discussion gives them a really good idea of what sort of organisation will offer you the best cultural fit and make best use of your skills. When discussing you with the hiring manager, the recruiter will be able to really sell your abilities and give them confidence that you are the best candidate for the role.
If there are any types of role or organisations you wish to avoid, now is the time to tell your recruiter, so they don’t waste your time with unsuitable positions. It’s also a good idea to let them know about any upcoming holidays or family commitments, so they know when you’re not going to be available.
At the interview stage
Every recruiter has had candidates who’ve simply stopped returning their calls when they’ve been invited to interview. Please let your recruiter know if you have any reservations about the role or are simply getting cold feet.
We know it’s a stressful process and will always give you a sympathetic ear. We may be able to address any concerns and boost your confidence. It’s better to be honest in advance than simply go quiet, which will mean you could miss out on a great opportunity.
Employers are usually keen to recruit as soon as possible, so it’s important you don’t take too long to respond to an interview invitation. If we are unable to get in touch with you, it’s possible that an employer might pass you over for that opportunity altogether.
When you’re offered a role
If you are offered a role, it’s crucial to get back to your recruiter as soon as possible. Even if you’re waiting to hear back from other interviews, or simply need some time to make a decision, let your recruiter know.
Not hearing from a candidate after an offer will raise red flags with an employer, and could even lead to them rescinding the offer. It’s easy for an employer to make an offer to the runner-up candidate if they have concerns about you, particularly if the decision was a close-run thing.
We know that your circumstances could always change dramatically after an offer is made. You could have decided to move. You might have a counter-offer from your current employer. You might simply have gone off the role. These things happen – we’ve seen it all before.
The important thing is to let your recruiter know. We can tell the employer in a way that will leave them with a good impression of you and keep doors open for the future. After all, the legal profession is a small world and you never know where you might end up; it’s never a good idea to burn your bridges.
After you’ve started your new job
We always like to keep in touch with our candidates and find out how they are doing in their new role. If you’re completely happy, that’s fantastic, but it’s always possible you may have some concerns once you’re in a real working environment. Always let your recruiter know about any potential issues.
We are a neutral third party and it may be easier for us to raise issues with your employer than for you to do so directly. At the very least, we’ll give you a sympathetic ear and a chance to work things out.
And of course, if the time comes when you’re ready to move on to the next stage in your career, definitely get in touch with your recruiter. By having kept the lines of communication open throughout the previous recruitment process, they’ll know you’re a great candidate to work with and will be even more likely to go the extra mile and find you your ideal next role!