This article is an excerpt from there Herefish resource, “Promoting the value of Staffing to Candidates.” A candidate marketing resource to share on your site, which provides you with a reusable explanation of staffing service and 3 editable versions based on your company’s personality. Feel free to use it on your site!

Once you take the recruiting leap, you’ll have put yourself in a prime position to achieve your professional aspirations. But your work doesn’t stop simply by making contact with a firm.

Recruiting is a game of relationships. It requires effort on both sides of that relationship for the best outcome to be reached. You need to help your recruiter help you.

Present a well-crafted resume

Your resume is a representation of the best version of you, concentrated into just a few short pages. It’s your recruiter’s main reference tool, so it needs to clearly outline everything that they need to know about you.

There are a host of resume writing tools on the internet that will help you to produce the perfect resume. The perfect resume can mean different things for different industries though – an accountant will benefit from having an analytical, no frills resume, while a creative may be better off showing a bit of flair. There are some general rules, however. You want it to be concise and to-the-point, and have only the most relevant information to the sort of jobs for which you’re applying.

Recruiters aren’t career counselors

This can be a real tripping point for many candidates. Recruiters are recruiters, career counselors are career counselors. What recruiters need is a clear outline of the professional direction in which you’d like to head. They’re not trained – nor are they generally interested – in guiding you through your professional life.

If you’re struggling with what you’d like to do with your life, consult a career counselor. Once it’s formed in your mind, provide the information to your recruiter, and let them start searching.

Track your personally sent applications

You may have been job hunting for quite some time before you decided to consult a recruiting firm, which shows excellent initiative on your part. But if that is the case, it’s important that you keep track of the jobs that you have applied for.

It reflects badly on both the recruiter and yourself if your resume is sent in to a potential employer twice. It’s certainly not a case of doubling your chances; usually it has quite the opposite effect. Keep a spreadsheet, and share it with your recruiter.

Keep in contact with your recruiter

Unfortunately, the reality of the recruiting game is that recruiters deal with hundreds of jobseekers daily, and are attempting to fill a range of roles at once. From time to time, the perfect candidate (i.e. you) could slip off their radar at the most inconvenient of moments.

If you haven’t heard from your recruiter for a few days, flick them an email. Keep yourself at the front of their mind. Update them on any job hunting progress you’ve made on your end. The more information your recruiter’s got, the better and more efficiently they’ll be able to place you in a position. At the same time, avoid being overbearing. While a gentle, timely reminder from a jobseeker will go a long way, the relationship needs to remain professional, and you have to trust that the recruiter is doing everything in their power to find you a position.

So there you go, some good tips for your candidates to make sure they and you are getting as much out of your relationship as possible. Interested in more info on how to present information about recruiters to your candidates? Check out our resource, Promoting the Value of Staffing.