A recruiter who specializes in the finance and accounting industry can be a valuable resource in your job search process. To maximize the potential success of the relationship, there are several things a candidate should know.
Here are the 7 key insights that your finance recruiter wants you to understand.
Set Up a Meeting
The best way to start building a constructive relationship with a recruiter is to set up a face-to-face meeting, rather than relying on a phone interaction. This will make you more memorable, and therefore more likely to be front of mind if an opportunity presents itself.
Pro Tip: Regularly schedule follow-up meetings with your recruiter. Offer updates on your job search process.
Time Is Of the Essence
The recruiting process moves quickly. If you decide to engage a recruiter, be prepared with an updated resume, LinkedIn profile and potential references.
Read “What Happens When You Submit Your Resume to a Finance Recruiter” to learn more about the recruiting process.
A Recruiter Is a Resource
A good recruiter is a resource. They will try to prepare you as much as possible for success by offering resume advice, interview tips and job market information.
Read: Want to learn how to identify a good recruiter? Read “3 Ways to Tell a Good Recruiter From a Bad One.”
The more honest you are about your career goals, missteps and successes, the better. Be as transparent as possible, and forge a relationship with a recruiter based on mutual respect.
Pro Tip: You don’t want to accidentally sabotage your relationship with a recruiter. Read this post to learn what not to say when you meet with an accounting or finance recruiter.
Responsiveness Is Key
If your recruiter reaches out to you, be as responsive as possible. It’s likely they have an opportunity they want to speak to you about, or feedback from a potential employer that needs to be communicated.
Debrief After an Interview
Make sure to call your recruiter to debrief after an interview. Let your recruiter know how you felt the interview went, and if the employer offered any indication that you could be the candidate of choice. The recruiter will be talking to the employer later in the day and your feedback can help frame that future discussion.
Recruiters work on behalf of a client to fill a role. They do not actively try to find you a position. Instead, they seek to identify the best possible fit between a client and a candidate. Clearly communicate your past/present duties when you meet with a recruiter. Understand what kind of role you’re looking for. If you are interested in changing industries, for example, make sure you understand your transferable skills and how they could be of use in a new industry.
Forming a relationship with a finance recruiter that’s based on transparency and respect can be a difference maker in the job search process. Great recruiters are resources. They’ll offer feedback on your resume and give valuable advice on the current state of the job market. Be proactive by meeting face-to-face and continuing to follow up with your recruiter. Be clear about your career goals. Understand that while the recruiter will market you to potential employers, their true mission is to work on behalf of the client to fill a role. While this doesn’t mean that you’re not a priority, the goal is to find a good fit between a candidate and a potential employer. Ultimately, the more you understand about the world of finance recruiting, the better for your job search process.
Your Next Step
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