Here’s some practical, impartial advice about working with a specialist recruiter, from Media Contacts who are experts in recruiting communications specialists.
When you find a recruiter you gel with it can be the beginning of a life-long relationship, a trusted partner you can turn to for professional advice at any stage of your career. It’s worth remembering that a lot of jobs don’t get advertised and a professional, specialist recruiter can give you inside information on the medcomms market that is hard to find anywhere else. Your recruiter may hold the ticket to your dream job, so here are some tips on getting the most out of that relationship.
- Ask friends for recommendations to find a good one.
- Build a rapport with your recruiter. They need to get to know and understand you in order to be able to give the best advice. The better they know you, the better they can help.
- Arrange a time to meet – lockdowns willing – and get to know each other; if this isn’t possible ensure you set time aside for an indepth conversation over zoom.
- Open and honest communication is critical if you are to form a long lasting partnership.
- If you have found another job and are no longer available, are in two minds about an interview, whatever it is: talk to your recruiter.
- Don’t work with more than two or three recruiters at a time. MedComms is a small world and you don’t want to double up.
- The right recruiter will make you feel at ease, demonstrate commitment to you and confidence in your abilities, plus take time to listen to you.
- Listen to their industry knowledge: specialist recruiters will have unique knowledge due to working everyday with clients and candidates.
- The recruiter knows what his or her clients want, so it’s well worth asking for their advice on your CV.
- Insider info on interview technique. Your recruiter will know his or her clients well, so you can get specific advice about the people who will interview you, as well as general tips.
- Stay in touch. Be reliable. What goes round comes round, as they say.
If you are applying to jobs in medical or healthcare communications and would like to chat about interviewing in some more detail or to get an expert eye over your CV, please don’t hesitate to contact Julia Walton at Media Contacts on +44 (0)20 7359 8244 or email: Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org