4 Tips on Building an Effective Candidate-Recruiter Partnership

Dec 20, 2019 | For Candidates

When it’s time to make a career move, working with a professional recruitment firm like myDermRecruiter offers many benefits to job seekers. Knowledgeable recruiters specializing in dermatology are aware of fair compensation and market trends that are sure to impact your decision. Plus, they advocate for you to ensure you get what you want and need in your new position.

However, finding your perfect career match isn’t a one-sided job. You can’t simply submit your name or credentials and leave the rest up to your recruiter. As a job seeker, you must remain active and engaged in the process if you want to be successful. Take a look at these four tips on how to effectively build a strong recruiter-candidate relationship today!

4 Tips on Building an Effective Recruiter-Candidate Partnership

As the #1 dermatology recruitment firm in the nation, we know how overwhelming it is to sift through a myriad of opportunities to find the one that’s right for you. Working with a trusted team of recruiters will make the process go much smoother—but only if you do your part. Find out what steps you should be taking to build a productive partnership with your recruiter. 

Invest in the Process

First, don’t expect to immediately receive interview requests after sending your recruiter a resume or CV. A professional recruitment firm will take you through a strategic candidate screening process before sending any opportunities your way. They take the time to get to know you as an individual and as a professional. You will need to invest some time into sharing who you are and what you are looking for with your recruiter. 

Investing in the process also means doing your best to be available. If you aren’t available to answer questions or take a recruiter’s calls, then they aren’t able to get the knowledge they need to best represent you to potential employers.

You likely have a part- or full-time job already, and responsibilities outside of work. Recruiters understand your obligations and will work around your time constraints whenever possible. Share with your recruiter what time of day is best for them to reach you. 

Respect Their Time and Attention

Everyone wants to be respected, and that includes recruiters. If you wish to have a positive relationship with your recruiter, start with being respectful of their time and attention. Respond to their calls, texts, and emails in a timely manner. 

If at some point  you are no longer looking to make a career move, be sure to inform your recruiter. Ghosting your recruiter is never a good idea, and it’s also extremely disrespectful of their time. Avoiding their calls and disregarding messages leaves them in the dark and wastes a lot of time that could be spent helping others. 

It’s also crucial that you let your recruiter know if you are working with other recruiters as two submissions for a single position lessens your chances of getting called in for an interview. A dermatology practice doesn’t want to be in the middle of two recruitment firms arguing over who made the placement. They simply don’t have time or a desire to mediate debates over potential candidates.

Be Honest About Your Wants and Needs

Ethical recruiters love helping people find career satisfaction. They aren’t going to tell you which career opportunity you should or shouldn’t take. That’s for you to decide once they’ve laid out your options.

The best way to help your recruiter find a career that meets your wants and needs is to be upfront and honest about what you are hoping to find. A few things you can start thinking about before even speaking with a recruiter: 

  • Define your non-negotiables and the areas on which you’re willing to compromise.
  • Know what type of dermatology you want to practice. 
  • Become aware of the company culture and environment you work best in. 
  • Define both your career goals and personal goals.

You aren’t going to be the right person for every position, and that’s okay. Never take a job only because your recruiter suggested it. Be honest with your recruiter and make sure it is what you want.

Practice Your Interview Skills

Yes, an expert recruiter will walk you through the entire hiring process. However, they aren’t the one that will be interviewed. That’s you—and there are plenty of ways to prepare for an interview that you can do on your own.

Working on your elevator pitch, refining your resume and preparing answers to questions such as, “why did you leave your last job?” and other common physician interview questions are all things you can tackle outside of working with a recruiter.

Do Your Part

By making an effort to be a responsive, respectful candidate, your career search is sure to be a success. Your recruiter will appreciate your active engagement in the process, and you will find a career in dermatology that you love—everybody wins!

Partnering with a professional recruiter experienced in dermatology truly can make all the difference in your journey to find a position that best suits you. If you are ready to take an active role in working with a recruiter today, just text SKIN to 484848 now, and one of our experts will reach out to you directly!

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