5 Tips for Maximizing Recruiter Relationships

5 Tips for Maximizing Hospitality Recruiter Relationships

Working with hospitality recruiters can be a great way to give your job search a boost, but there are a few important points to consider when seeking out the help of a recruiting firm. All headhunters are not created equal, so you will need to research the one that can best help you in your job search. Don’t rest on your laurels just because you have someone working on your behalf – it will still be up to you to stay motivated and be on the lookout for employment opportunities. Make sure that you give your recruiter as much information as possible so that they will have a clear picture of the jobs you want, and the ones you don’t. Follow up with your recruiter on a regular basis to keep them informed of any interviews you’ve had or positions that you might be interested in.

  1. Research Recruiters: Most recruiters specialize in certain industries, so it is important to do a little research to identify the firms that will be able to help you most. I doubt that you would ask a brain surgeon to fix your car, so why seek help from a firm that specializes in healthcare if you are looking for jobs in hospitality? By doing a little extra research about the firm, you will eliminate the risk of wasting your time with a recruiter that can’t actually help you secure a new position in your chosen field.
  2. Connect with Recruiters: Once you have found a recruiter that knows your industry, talk to them about your aspirations and ask them questions about the ways that they can help you. Not only will this get some of the preliminary information out of the way, it will also give you a better idea of the people you will be working with and their level of experience, ability, and dedication.
  3. Information is Power (Honesty is the Best Policy): Just as it is important to get a lot of information about your recruiter before signing up with them, it’s just as vital to give them as much information as possible to help in your job search. Be open and honest with your recruiter about your goals, qualifications, accomplishments, strengths, AND weaknesses. If they don’t know that you would prefer to work for a small company rather than a huge multinational corporation, then they won’t know the most effective way to find open positions for you.
  4. Keep in Touch: Follow up with your recruiter on a regular basis and let them know how your job search is going. By staying in contact you can gain valuable insight into your performance during interviews and possibly get advice on ways to improve your interviewing skills. Staying in touch is completely up to you. As mentioned above, recruiters work for employers, not job seekers, so it’s not their primary responsibility to follow up with candidates on a regular basis. With this in mind, make sure that you don’t follow up too much and become a pest. Follow up once or twice a week – any more than that and you can seem desperate, which is never good for a job seeker. When you speak to your recruiter make sure to keep the conversation professional and let them know about the interviews they’ve set up and the job leads they have uncovered for you. It’s just as important to let them know the positions that you are not interested in as it is for them to be informed about jobs you want.
  5. If you find a Great Recruiter Give Them a Chance – MORE IS NOT BETTER: Using many agencies could result in more than one recruiter sending your information to the same employer. This also goes back to the point mentioned earlier – keep your recruiters up to date about the places you have applied to on your own (or other recruiters have forwarded your information to) so that you don’t have multiple applications for the same position.  Make a plan with your recruiter and then develop a time frame for that plan before you consider jumping to another agency.
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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Allison Sullivan was amazing! 

    She found my resume online and reached out to me. I had been in the market looking for the right next step in my career for several months and had been receiving calls daily from different recruiters so I didn’t expect anything magical to occur overnight. Allison called me, we chatted quickly about my work experience and she advised me she thought I’d be perfect for a client she was working with….and literally the next day I got a call for an interview with the client. The day after the interview, I was immediately offered a position consulting on insurance claim management. Allison was checking in with me each step of the way and made the transition from unemployed to working at a career I’m excited about in no time at all! I cannot thank her and Patrice & Associates enough for all their help!  

    ~ Shane Laughran

    Allison Sullivan was amazing!
  • I am very thankful for Liz Costa.

    She was kind, informative, and very encouraging during the process of applying, interviewing, and finally accepting the position once it was offered to me. I have worked with several recruiters before and Liz was the most friendly and professional at the same time. She made me feel comfortable and also made me feel confident during the interview process. After only a few weeks, I now consider Liz a friend and would certainly recommend her to anyone who is in the looking in the labor market. Thank you Liz, I appreciate you as a person and a professional.

    ~Brent

    I am very thankful for Liz Costa
  • Jonathan Litt set me up for success!

    I am truly excited to start this new journey at this restaurant. I can honestly say I don't think I would have been able to pull this off without Jonathan Litt's help. He was more than professional but at the same time he was authentic and explained everything I needed to do to make things work. He definitely set me up for success. My confidence level wasn't what it used to be, but with his help he made me believe in myself. He encouraged me and believed in me as well. I will never forget his efforts. My appreciation for his work and dedication will always be remembered. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this process. I am forever grateful.

    Thank you again,

    Latifah Walker

    Jonathan Litt set me up for success!
  • Recruitment & Hiring for Sales Jobs - Patrice & AssociatesRick Weaver is a pleasure to work with!

    Very helpful and professional! Goes out of his way for people!          

    Thank you for all you do!

    Ken M.

    Rick Weaver is a pleasure to work with!
  • Rick Weaver is great!

    I love it at my new career and picture my future here. Rick was awesome in helping me choose where I need to be and how I had to get there. It took a lot of interviews and me turning jobs down because it wasn’t a fit for me. At my new career I’m in the right place!  

    Thank you,

    Shaunte

    Rick Weaver is great!