If you’re a health care provider seeking a job, one of the most important relationships you can have is with your recruitment agency. A good relationship with your agency can lead to a happier and more fulfilling career in healthcare. Here are some tips on how to build an effective relationship with your recruitment agency:
- Be clear about your career goals. It’s important that you know what you want so that your recruitment agency can help you find the right opportunity. If you’re not sure what you want, take some time to figure it out before meeting with your recruiter. This will make the process much smoother and save you time in the long run.
- Be honest about your skills and experience. Your recruitment agency wants to help you find a job that’s a good fit for your skills and experience level. They can’t do that if you’re not honest about what you bring to the table. So be upfront about everything from your work history to your education levels so that they can best match you with available opportunities.
- Ask questions and provide feedback. The more information you share with your recruiter, the better they’ll be able to serve you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or provide feedback along the way to help them understand what you need and how they can better assist you. By working together, we can find the right opportunity for YOU!
Define your expectations – what do you want from your relationship with the agency?
As a client, defining expectations is critical to establishing a successful relationship with an agency. Outline your needs, provide feedback to the agency, and make sure that your message and goals are heard. From the start of this relationship, it’s also helpful to communicate your level of urgency so that realistic timelines can be established to find the opportunity for you. By discussing these expectations and needs early on, you’ll benefit from an effective working relationship that leads to timely the perfect fit for you.
Communicate openly and honestly – keep the lines of communication open to avoid misunderstandings
Misunderstandings sometimes arise when communication is lacking. This can lead to confusion in any relationship. Open and honest communication is the key to avoiding such issues. By keeping the lines of communication open, both parties will be able to keep each other informed of important dates, deadlines, events, and opportunities. Keeping channels of communication open allows for productive conversations that help evolve relationships into great opportunities. Being responsive, thorough, and clear in communication are all important ingredients in an open channel of communication.
Be responsive to their requests – if they need information from you, get back to them as soon as possible
Stay responsive even if your response is communicating that you need more time. The quicker your recruiter hears back from you with the information they need, the more likely they are to be able to effectively communicate on your behalf, manage expectations with facilities, and keep you in the running for ideal opportunities. Your level of responsiveness can be the difference in securing a great opportunity or letting one slip through the cracks.
Keep them updated on your availability – let them know when you’re available for work so they can find the right job for you
Keeping your availability updated with your recruiter is important in helping identify the right job opportunities for you. We understand that things can change quickly, so whether you’re no longer available, or suddenly have more availability, make sure your hiring team has the right information to accurately gauge what opportunities are right for you. Additionally, communicate any times of the year when you won’t be available so there are no misunderstandings further down the line. Ultimately, making your availability known may deepen employers’ (and recruiters’) confidence in you, which is a signal of both your commitment to professionalism as well as your dedication to succeeding in finding the perfect role for yourself.
Give feedback – let them know what you liked and didn’t like about each job so they can improve in the future
Providing feedback to a recruiter can be an important part of the job search process. This feedback allows recruiters to understand what you liked and disliked about each opportunity. It’s beneficial for both parties as it gives the recruiter insight on how to improve their search for you and line up the right opportunities. Giving constructive feedback after each job application helps both recruiter and job seeker have more positive outcomes moving forward into the future.
As with any relationship, it is important to have clear expectations when you are working with an agency. Communication should be open and honest, and you should always be responsive when they need information from you. Keep them updated regularly on your availability, as well as provide feedback so they can continually improve. Establishing a strong relationship is key for working with an agency successfully and finding the opportunities available to you. Keeping your eye out for new roles, checking job postings regularly, and networking with your connections can also help you find work that fits what you want out of an opportunity. So take advantage of all the resources around you to get the most out of our partnership!