Working with Recruiters 101

Do You Really Know How to Work with a Recruiter? We are Career Coaches who help you find a job for free!

 

Have you ever been frustrated when a recruiter doesn’t call you back? The following information will help you set realistic expectations and hopefully obtain better results.

It’s important that you understand the following realities about Staffing and Recruiting Firms to ensure you are obtaining the best results:

 

Ensure that your Recruiter knows the industry:

Most recruiters specialize in a specific industry, profession or geographic location.

 

ACTION ITEM: You must identify and ensure the recruiters you are using specialize in the type of jobs you are seeking.

 

Review your Resume:

When companies hire recruiting firms to provide them with talent, they are very specific about the education, skills, experience and job stability they require. This greatly limits who recruiting firms can present to their various clients.

 

ACTION ITEM: Review your resume. If you do not have the education, skills, experience or job stability required, you may have more success by either changing your job target or applying directly to companies.

 

Find the Recruiter that’s right for you:

Staffing and Recruiting Firms also specialize in different segments of the job market. Some place only full-time positions, some specialize in temporary jobs and others focus on higher level long term contracts. There are also firms who consider themselves blended who place in more than one segment of the profession.

 

ACTION ITEM: Work with recruiters who specialize in the type of job you are seeking. If you want to work as a contractor, identify contract staffing firms in your niche or area of interest.

 

Keep your Recruiter up-to-date:

Recruiters don’t have time to provide daily or weekly updates. They spend most of their time reaching out to their clients trying to market your abilities, to schedule interviews for you. They also often represent 200+ candidates and if they constantly reached out to them, they would have no time to find you the perfect job.

 

ACTION ITEM: Contact your recruiter if you change information on your resume or schedule interviews on your own. This helps your recruiter fine tune their search efforts on your behalf and not duplicate any of your efforts.

 

Set yourself up for success:

In the end, recruiters only earn commissions if they place their candidate in a job – so they have a vested interest to place you. However, if you are not in their area of specialization, want to work in a segment they don’t represent and lack experience or job stability, often their hands are tied.

 

Take time to RESEARCH the Staffing and Recruiting Firm Recruiter who places in your area of expertise, and you will greatly enhance your chance of success.

 

This article was written by Patrice Rice.  The original article can viewed here on her LinkedIn profile.  

Testimonials – Celebrating Success

Recent Testimonials About our Talented, Hardworking Franchisees:

 

Ken Welch was attentive and enthusiastic from our first conversation. I wasn’t really sure when I listened to his voicemail where he was from. When returning the call I was hesitant for taking up his time I was not really interested at the moment for a career change. As we had each conversation he was very professional, listened clearly and engaged in conversation, coaching me each step of the way. As he explained what job I was applying to I suddenly felt I must see this through. Ken was there to guide me and was quick to move along the process and supportive. Ken felt like a friend. Ken made me feel like maybe a change is what I needed. Ken believed in me when I wasn’t feeling so confident in myself. As I begin my new journey that all started with the help of Ken I am  truly excited . I am on my own now, but I thank him for what could be the best change for me and he is an asset to your team. Thank You.”

  • Erika Rivera – Brooklyn, NY

 

“I worked with Scott Jacobson of Patrice &  Associates. I must say the process was flawless and executed easy.  I love how he prepares you and gives you the confidence to get out there,  be it a career change, leaving a company for another, or just getting out there.  Scott stayed connected and resourceful. I would recommend him and Patrice and Associates. I felt like I told of my interests and he sought and found,  I can’t express anymore how easy it was. I’ve already passed his info on to past or current colleagues that may be looking or thinking of a career or job change but don’t know where to start as it is a scary or overwhelming process,  especially if you already work 50 hours plus a week,  how do you find the time? But with the support of Patrice and Associates and Scott, you have the time. Thank you! “

  • Tara Morrow – Oak Lawn, IL

 

Helen Nourai called me after business hours on a Thursday afternoon. After a few minutes of talking, she said she knew someone I had to meet. Friday morning, Helen called and asked if I was available for a Saturday interview (Which she wanted me to call her immediately after). I got my written offer on Monday, for my asking salary. Helen did not set me up on a bunch of interviews with companies that I wasn’t suited for and jobs I didn’t want. Helen put me with a company and concept that fit my personality and desire to expand upon my prior experience and future goals. If you want someone who gets up early, works on weekends and follows up, you cannot do better than Helen.”

  • Adam Teachworth – Columbus, OH

 

Matt Lopez made me feel at ease and he made me believe that he had  my best interest at heart.  He kept me posted with every news he received, when to expect a call form the company, he gave me details of what is expected of the position and background of the company that I’m applying to.  

Matt not only wanted me to get the position, he also wanted to make sure that it was the right fit for both me and the company. He shows his passion and drive for the right candidate for both parties.  

He was always there to answer any questions and always will to go above and beyond to get any information necessary so you as a candidate can be prepared.  

I can say dealing with Matt Lopez was one of the best decisions I’ve made and would highly recommend him to any of my closest friends, family and colleagues .  I’m so confident in Matt and what he does, I’ve asked my wife and my assistant to reach out to him to seek his help in finding them their next opportunity.”

  • Arvin Dhansew – Westfield, NJ

 

Vicki Marshall swiftly moved through the process to obtain a good snapshot of what my needs were and recommended specific companies that shared my passion and core values as well – evidence that she truly cares and not about just finding the first available position to place me in.  She coordinated all that was needed to prepare me through a successful screening, post screening, Skype interviews, and in-person interviews.  Her professionalism, organization and special attention to details while treating me with dignity and respect and not like just another job seeker has made my experience through seeking employment stress free.  Thank you Vicki for aligning me with a company to which I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.  You are a true Professional.”

  • David Bergeron – Thompson, CT

The Importance of Workplace Culture in the Restaurant Industry

Culture within the Workplace:

 

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Every day is a new adventure when it comes to restaurant management recruiting, and every day I speak with numerous leaders seeking new career opportunities. Through these talks, I learn about the shared passions, goals, and desires of leaders in restaurant industry. It is an integral part of my job that I pinpoint exactly what talented leaders are lacking in their current positions to best help them find jobs that fit their individual needs. Most managers I speak with stress their need to find a position at a company whose culture is defined by their outstanding treatment of employees.

 

IF YOU ASSURE A CULTURE THAT FOCUSES ON THE INTERNAL TEAM, SUCCESS WILL FALL INTO PLACE

 

Managers are constantly seeking positions within companies that promote open workplace communication, provide ongoing feedback, and encourage employee recognition. Leaders aspire to work for restaurants that offer ongoing development and a work/life balance that recognizes that employees have passions and obligations outside of work. In essence, restaurant managers are most passionate about finding positions within companies whose workplace cultures are built on ensuring their employees are offered continual support, growth, and respect.

 

A CULTURE BUILT AROUND ENSURING THE SUCCESS OF ITS EMPLOYEES BREEDS SUCCESS ON ALL FRONTS!

 

It is no surprise that a company’s culture can often times be the driving force for success. It’s clear that the team becomes a reflection of the company vision. Feeling confident in a positive culture breeds innovative & reliable insight supporting ongoing sales & operational enhancements. Promoting team participation & offering ongoing recognition, motivation & learning provides the avenue to develop leaders that share the business vision. Positive momentum in sales, buy in on cost effectiveness and long term tenure are clear ingredients in a recipe for success!

To be a successful as a Hospitality Recruiter, it is of the utmost importance that I seek out and work with companies whose workplace cultures align with this line of thinking.  I’m proud to say that I do.

 

 

This article was originally written by Patrice & Associates Franchisee Tracey Hamilton.  The original article can be also viewed on her LinkedIn page.  

Reconsidering the Counter-Offer

The counter-offer dilemma

 

Approaching your employer about a new job offer can sometimes lead to the company presenting a counter-offer.  Here are a few things to consider when faced with a counter-offer.

What prompted your job search?

Looking towards the future, will you be professionally fulfilled by accepting a counter-offer? Are your talents being utilized at your current position? During your job hunt, were you seeking growth and new challenges? Before accepting a counter-offer, consider whether a pay raise will override the reasons you began your job search in the first place.

Is your work truly being valued?

Is accepting a pay raise a short term fix for a long term problem? Consider whether your current employer will foster your growth moving forward or if they are keeping you on for convenience sake. Employers will sometimes make a counter-offer to allow time to seek your replacement. By making a counter-offer, your employer is often times revealing that they were not paying you what you were worth to begin with.

Will accepting an offer damage your reputation?

Will your reputation be jeopardized if you accept the counter-offer?  Your loyalty and commitment may come into question if you choose to remain with your current company.  Ensure that by accepting a counter-offer, no bridges have been burned and that trust remains intact.

Does a pay raise come with strings attached?

Will accepting a pay raise affect your vacation days, paid time off, or future bonuses? Are you being compensated fairly for any new assignments you will be taking on? Make sure you know any new conditions that come with accepting a counter-offer.

 

Counter-Offer Infographic

 

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