1. Sourcing through a recruitment agency
Taking that step in partnering with recruitment agencies in Singapore in the course of your job search, will hasten your steps toward landing yourself with that desired job. When working with a recruiter, be transparent about your setbacks such as termination from a previous job, poor credit score and so on. Such a background will not discredit you from receiving help from a recruiter. Instead, the recruiter will offer advice on how such a background can be best presented to potential employers. The Recruiter will also be wise in not referring you to certain types of positions, where he/she is aware of the client’s extra caution and sensitivities.
Reply to emails and return phone calls from your recruiter promptly to show your professionalism and respect. Especially when you are engaged in job offer negotiations, ensure you are prompt with your responses. There have been occasions where a job offer has been rescinded because the candidate took too long to respond indicating a lack of interest in the offer made.
It would also be to your benefit if you provide feedback to the recruiter after each interview to indicate whether you still have an interest in pursuing the job. The recruiter can then approach the employer on your behalf or direct you to other opportunities.
2. Keeping an open mindset
Even with your priorities already set, try to be flexible as not every job will be a perfect fit in all aspects. For instance, if the job offers room for career advancement, sponsorship for education and training, along with full medical expenses reimbursement but the salary being offered is somewhat lower than your expected range, carefully consider whether the other benefits make up for the shortfall in salary.
3. Job matching
It is important that you make a list of your priorities with regard to a new job, before being actively engaged in a job search. These could be salary, career advancement, work schedule, location, benefits and other factors. Make known these priorities honestly, so that the recruiter will focus only on those opportunities which closely match your high priority needs.
4. Be Proactive
Be alert to the fact that recruiters are working on multiple job orders at any one time. As such, they may not be able to return your calls as promptly as you would like them to. So on your part, there is nothing wrong with initiating a phone call or an email to follow-up and indicate your sincere interest in a particular job or that you can continue to avail yourself for more interviews. Follow-up from candidates is valued by most recruiters since it is an indicator of their interest. However, as successful placements are the main drivers for recruiters, should they not have a job which matches your skills and experience, they are unlikely to spend much time engaging with you. Their focus would rather be on candidates who do match the criteria of their job orders.
5. Increase your job opportunities
As a job seeker, work with several recruitment agencies in Singapore to help you “cast the net” over wider ground in the job market as not all recruiters have access to the same job placement orders. If however you have already been considered as a potential candidate for an opening at a company which another recruiter also has the job order for, be truthful about having been interviewed for the position. Should you fail to do this, you will undoubtedly leave a poor impression with both the recruiter and the client company concerning your credibility.
Recruitment Hub Asia is a well-established recruitment agency in Singapore.