You might think the role of a recruiter is a bit limited; once they have helped you find a new job, you would have very little reason to stay in contact with them, right? Well, we disagree, there are five good reasons, and possibly even more, why you should build a relationship with your recruiter that goes above and beyond just getting a new job. You might not be planning another new job for a long time but have a read and see why it makes sense.
You Need Staff
There are going to be many occasions where the role your recruiter helped you find puts you in a position of power where recruitment sits with you. It is always helpful to have contacts in the industry when you need to hire new people. If you had a good experience, you can be sure they are good at bagging talent and nurturing their clients to make sure they get the right role, rather than just adding to their numbers. This is something you will be looking for, and there is no denying they take a lot of stress out of the process of finding staff. Even if you don’t need someone right away, keeping in touch is a good plan as they have intelligence in the market, making it easier to plan your own recruitment strategy.
Hear About New Opportunities
Ok, you might be perfectly happy in your new job, but there is no harm in checking out what else is out there. If you have a good relationship with your recruiter, you will be in a prime position to get an early heads-up. It might not be anything you want to pursue at this stage, or you might find something really exciting and worth considering, and because you hear these things first, you have more time to weigh up the pros and cons before making a move.
A Career Coach
While it is true that it is your recruiter’s job to help you find the right role, your career is evolving and hopefully advancing. A recruiter can also serve as a career coach, so they will not only be delighted to hear you are doing well in the opportunity they helped you find but will be happy to help you move on up. Even when you are settled and have stopped actively reading the job pages, they continue to have up to date knowledge if the industry and can help you plan your next step up the career ladder.
Recruiters are often involved in networking events and may even run seminars, and these can be a great way to make new connections in your network. If you are looking to meet professionals in your field or like-minded individuals, you should always check in with your recruiter as their Rolodex is bursting at the seams. Take advantage of this middleman and enjoy the added networking opportunities it brings you.
Keeping Doors Open
Having a recruiter, you know, and trust is worth its weight in gold. It doesn’t matter how long you leave it before moving on to a new role, your recruitment consultant should always be the first person you go back to, so building a relationship and keep in touch is vital.