Tips to Scrutinise Job Calls From Recruitment Agencies

Tips to scrutinise job calls from recruitment agencies. Basically, many try to hard-sell a job offer. What should a candidate keep in mind

Got a call from the consultant on a position. Great !  That’s the first step to finding new opportunities for yourself. However with the economy growing , job calls are on an increase and I am sure many of you are getting calls more often than you thought.  There are a few tips you must keep in mind while talking to the recruitment agency.

  • When a recruiter talks to you on an opportunity, find out more details on the role they are offering. Discuss in detail. A five minute discussion does not help you in getting details
  • Always ask for the name of the client. You definitely don’t want your cv to go into the wrong hands.
  • Get a written job description from the recruiter. Don't settle for a verbal description. The recruiter can and will email you something, often exactly what the client emailed them. Some times the recruiters are in a hurry to send CV’s and miss out on some vital information. Incase you feel that the role does not match your profile, deny the position stating that you do not fit into it. Otherwise you will find your CV going into a black hole.
  • Get details like website of the company, salary that the company is willing to offer, reporting structure, etc. Salary is a sore problem with many consultants. They give you the CTC figure and when you are through with the rounds, you realize that the jump on the fixed salary is not as you expected. So find out details.
  • Go through the website and know more about the company you are applying for. Check out the growth opportunities available in that company. Do your homework so that you can ask the recruiter the right questions.
  • Recruiter’s role is to hard-sell the job, so don’t get overwhelmed. They are only doing their job. Clarify your doubts and queries. Incase the recruiter is extremely pushy and insensitive to your needs, drop the recruiter. Would you like to trust your career in the hands of the recruiter who is unaware of your needs and not even willing to try!
  • Find out whether the role is in line with your career aspirations. No point going for a job interview if the opportunity is not in line with your growth plans.
  • Talk to friends/colleagues or any trustworthy source who understands the market well. They will be able to give you the inside stories on the company which a consultant will never provide you with.
  • Incase of relocation, do verify whether the company is willing to give or help out on accommodation, schooling for your children etc. Get a confirmation before you send across the details.
  • Incase the job opportunity is overseas, you need to be really particular about the move.
  • Find out the cost of living, the security issues as a foreigner in that country, accommodation costs, travel etc. Check out on what benefits are given incase of a overseas relocation. Think through before making a decision.
  • Find out on growth prospects in that country. Some countries do no add any value on your CV. Be aware of it.
  • Do your research on the company overseas. It is always preferable to join a company which is stable with an open and professional work culture.
  • And one last important thing - make the consultant your best pal, literally!! They have a lot of data on their clients and will share it with those candidates they are comfortable with. Meet your recruiter, if possible. This way you will also understand him/her better and it will help the recruiter to showcase your profile well.
Now that you have decided to go ahead and have sent your CV, a quality recruiter will get back to you on the status of your profile whatever it may be. Many recruiters don’t bother to update candidates on the status of their position. So choose a recruiter who will give you a quick response and build your relationship with that recruiter. I assure you it pays to know your recruiter!

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