As an attorney working with a legal recruiter to change jobs, it is essential that you are transparent with your recruiter at all stages of the process. Remember that the recruiter is acting on your behalf, and thus should always be armed with all of the relevant information to effectively assist with your search and placement process.
To that end, there are 5 THINGS you should ALWAYS tell your recruiter as soon as you begin working together:
Employers do not like double submissions, (ie, when you are submitted multiple times but different sources for the same position.) If they see your resume from more than one source it can reflect badly on you, making you seem disorganized and not in control of your process. For that reason, it is always better to disclose to your recruiter any and all firms/companies you have already approached or interviewed.
You should always tell your recruiter about all of your prior positions (post-college), even those that you had for a short period of time. To that end, you also should not have any gaps or omit any positions on your resume. If a recruiter or a prospective employer become aware of a job that you did not disclose, it could appear that you are being misleading – and a prospective employer may be concerned that there are other omissions that they did not discover.
It is helpful to tell your recruiter if you won’t move unless you make a certain salary. Prospective employers typically indicate a salary range for a position they are seeking to fill, so there is no need to waste anyone’s time if their stated range is below what you will consider.
It is particularly essential to tell your recruiter if there are certain locations where you need to be employed or others you would be willing to relocate – or, of course, if there are locations that you would never consider.
Armed with timing information, your recruiter is better able to make sure that the opportunities they raise with you are appropriate for your timing. Often, a recruiter can interface with the prospective employer to help to control the timing of the interview process, including speeding it up if needed.
Bottom line: By being transparent with your recruiter – starting with sharing these 5 things – your recruiter will be better able to suggest appropriate positions and facilitate your job search and interview process toward the ultimate goal — helping you to find and secure your target position!
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