Staffing Specialist Point of View
IT Staffing Specialist: Abdel Velasquez
- What advice would you give to future consultants on working with their Recruiter to obtain a position?
“The first piece of advice I would give is to ask questions. Working with a Recruiter should be a relationship not a transaction. Sometimes Consultants let Recruiters talk more in the conversation and the information can be confusing as there is generally a lot to cover. Second, is to take notes during the initial phone conversation and creating a list of follow up questions as they come up. There is a lot of information that needs to be covered during the process, so taking notes and following up on questions you may have after that initial call is extremely important. Some key points to cover during the initial conversation would be; the location, pay rate, duration of assignment, could it be extended, company culture and team makeup. It’s nice to have your Recruiter give you a general idea of the Company culture and team make up to help you understand if it would meet your needs. Location is important because depending on where you are located, traffic and construction may make that commute challenging. A final piece of advice I would add is getting a job identification number. You want to minimize the risk of multiple Recruiters submitting your resume to the same requirement. When that happens, Hiring Managers can remove you from consideration and it makes the job seeker look disorganized.”
- What advice would you give to consultants who are currently working with their Recruiter on assignment?
“It is important to have a conversation with your Recruiter and provide feedback on how things are going. The Recruiter or someone from the Staffing firm should reach out to you at least once a month either by phone or email as they have a vested interest in your success!”