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7 Things Recruitment Agencies Won’t Tell You

Recruitment agencies are the charming middle man that connect someone looking for a job to someone offering a job. They seem to be everybody’s friend and make a concerted effort to help you find a role you’re happy in. They know your best assets and play an integral role in marketing those qualities to an employer, thus landing you an interview. It’s important to stay on your headhunter’s good side – here is a handful of some simple and savvy tips on how to do that.

1

We think your resumé is boring

Movies can now be watched in 4D and hoverboards are a thing! Yet resumés are still stuck in the stone age, when it comes to length and design. As time passes, attention spans get increasingly shorter. This includes your headhunter, too. We get it – employing a graphic designer to spice up your resumé’s appearance can be expensive, especially when you’re unemployed. There are several free resumé templates available online, if you look hard enough. Stand out from a pile of identical resumés with an interesting template, dashing design, or just a simple splash of color.

2

We can tell what’s on your mind through body language

Excessively sipping your water, stumbling through the conversation, and constantly itching your elbow are all signs that you’re out of your comfort zone. And that’s totally understandable. An opportunity is currently being dangled in your face and you have to put your best foot forward to get it. This can be severely nerve-wracking, especially if it’s a dream job. But your body language can betray you, costing you the job. According to Aristotle, humans are naturally social animals. Shyness in an interview can be an indicator of weakness which will disappoint your employer.

3

We think your overly-expressive hands are a little distracting

Some people naturally speak more with their hands than with their voice. It’s an integral part of communication, and there’s a specific area of the brain that partly contributes to this. Talking with your hands can reveal how you’re truly feeling about something. It should especially be encouraged among young children, as it helps with language growth and development. Interviews are windows where an employer tries to get to know a candidate during a compressed period of time. They’re trying to study more than just what you’re saying, and excessive hand gestures can distract them. Be mindful of your body language while also maintaining your authenticity.

4

We’d like to see some personality in the conversation

Some candidates tend to be extremely formal in their correspondence and interviews, to the extent of seeming like a robot. Winning an employer over is a balance between appearing to have the efficiency of a computer but the warmth of a human being. Don’t be miserly with warm handshakes, the occasional smile, and even sprinkle some light humor in the conversation. During the interview, find a way to weave in your hobbies and educate your potential employer about how they enhance your skillset as an applicant.

5

We want you to walk through your experience, not race through it

Your experience is crucial to the hiring process. It’s what informs the employer that you’re competent enough for the position they’re looking to fill. Interview jitters and anxiety can lead to applicants blazing through their experience in order to calm their nerves. While your mind may be running faster than light, develop a strategy to calm yourself enough to gently walk the employer through your work experience. Remember to highlight how you’d be an asset to their company.

6

We just want you to be honest for both our sakes

Glossing over important details and fabricating information doesn’t just spell trouble for you, it spells that for us too. We’re hired by companies to be reliable and provide them with trustworthy candidates. Whatever information you give us will go into your file and this will then be handed over to your employer for an interview. If you can’t back the information in your file, the employer will become suspicious of our research skills. This, in turn, could affect your job opportunities too.

7

We know more about you than you may know

In the world of online portfolios, social media, LinkedIn, and email – there’s little that can’t be traced on the internet. When we get in touch with you, assume that we’ve combed through your online presence and believe that you may have what it takes for the job. We telephone or email you to get to know a little bit more about you, but rest assured, we pretty much have most of the information we need. Online and telephone communication is critical with recruitment agencies. Too much, and you seem too persistent and pushy. Too little, and you display a lack of interest in the role. Fine-tune your approach, and keep your communication pleasant and balanced.

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