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How long does it take before I am presented with a job opportunity?
The times may vary a great deal. Some individuals may have an opportunity within the first week of registering with a recruiting firm, others may take longer. Our system is designed to find good fit as fast as possible. The key to ensuring success is to provide the recruiter with all of your qualifications and to stay in touch with them.
How often should I call my recruiter?
Keeping the lines of communication open with your recruiter is very important. You should discuss with your recruiter how often you should stay in touch with them. If not, communicating with them on a monthly basis should be adequate.
How should I handle multiple offers when one of them is through my recruiter?
Honesty is imperative when dealing with a recruiter. By providing them with your given options, they can be very valuable in assisting with the evaluation of all of your offers, and may be able to work a better opportunity for you with their client. A good recruiter puts your interests ahead of their own.
Once I take a new position, should I tell my recruiter to take me off their list?
Whether or not you decide to stay active in your job search, contact your recruiter to advise them of the status change in your employment. Your recruiter will want to know if they should continue to present opportunities to you, or if you would like to deactivate your file. The final decision is yours. Issues to consider when making the decision to keep your file active or not are as follows: how often are you changing positions and what effect will another quick change make to your resume? Does your new position satisfy all the requirements that you set out at the beginning of your search? Do you want to be tempted by new opportunities within the first year of your new position? Whatever your decision, communicate this clearly to your recruiter so they may act in your best interest.
I was dismissed from my last position. What do I tell prospective employers when they ask why I left?
While this is one of the questions everyone who has been dismissed from a position is concerned about, don’t be. The question is as much about how you respond as what you say. Do not get defensive! That indicates that there is a reason why you should be. Stay positive and indicate that, unfortunately, there wasn't a good match between what your skills were and what the expectations of the company were. Therefore, the decision was made that it would be best to terminate your employment. If further questions are asked, respond in a positive manner that although the situation was difficult, you have had the opportunity to reflect on it, and have come to realize that the decision was best for both parties.
I have more than one job opportunity being presented. How do I make a decision?
When evaluating a new opportunity, ensure that you have enough time to evaluate the opportunity, and that you have the full details so that you know the complete package that is being offered. Take time to compare each position to the requirements that you set out as guidelines for your next position. Evaluate what it is that you do not like in your current or previous position, and decide whether either of these positions address those concerns. Put aside the aspects which are the same for both positions, and assess which has the higher appeal to you after that. Once you have completed this process, also review the management team and assess which team you feel is a better match to what you require. Remember that fit is vital.
What are the benefits of working contract?
Contract work offers many benefits. It allows you the opportunity to evaluate the company and the position before accepting anything on a permanent basis. Many contracts do present permanent jobs with the company. It allows flexibility in work hours and time off. It also allows a variety of positions in which you have an opportunity to learn new skills and improve your technical abilities, while providing new challenges. It shows employers that you are able to adapt to new situations and learn quickly. Remuneration is usually slighter higher to compensate for lack of benefits.