I would like to summarize some important points for candidates to bear in mind to increase their job prospects. Everyone item below is drawn from experience.
- Describe what kind of position you are searching for and state your expectations clearly from the beginning. Identify your red lines and the things you can be flexible with.
- Be aware that recruitment consultants have specific expertise and sectors in which they work more intensively. It is more appropriate to find a recruitment consultant that matches your expertise. If the area you are looking for work is not close to the area where the consultant works and if he/she has not invited you to the interview, he/she may not have a business opportunity to offer you. Do not take it personally. However, if you keep a good relationship, maybe she can refer you to a friend or contact. She/he doesn’t have to do it, she might do the effort only if she likes you and your style.
- Do not be biased from the beginning, job descriptions are quite general. Before refusing that the position does not match your seniority, ask for more information, state the reasons you are not interested as your assumptions might be wrong or you can flex if you learn the details. There may be information that is not provided, and some issues may be open for discussion. A position as a Software Engineer can be quite a senior position. Ask your recruitment consultant for detailed information about who the position reports to, the work autonomy and other career perks.
- Share your CV with your recruiter to be aware of possible job opportunities and to be included in his/her recruitment database, even if there is not any position at the moment. This way you can be notified when a suitable position is available.
- If you have been scheduled an interview, and if you cannot go, please inform beforehand. It is very rude and a red flag regarding your motivation, to not to go without any notice, to say that you are unable to make it after the interview time or to give notice at the last minute. It creates a negative perception about you and may result in your complete elimination from the process and even being blacklisted.
- Make your expectations realistic. Ask for you advice if you do not have an idea. Non-realistic wage expectations may result in your elimination from the process.
- Get feedback / advice on your CV and what you can change about it.
- Keep your recruiter informed. Keeping good communication is to your benefit.
- Be accessible, state your preferred method of communication if you do not want to be bothered by phone call.