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If you’re a job seeker in the current climate, you will more than likely come across a recruiter in your job search sooner or later – but just how do you get the most out of working with an agency? 

At Marine People, we’re dedicated to finding you the perfect role in this uncertain time, but for any good agency you work with, their ultimate goal will be to get the best-suited placement for you. 

So, what are the tips for making sure you use the relationship to your advantage? Read on to find out how to get the most out of your relationship with a recruiter.

Use our knowledge

Our consultants at Marine People have extensive experience in the international maritime market in a number of different sectors, knowledge that is invaluable to job-seeking candidates. Our access to a range of clients and sectors gives us a unique insight into the landscape of the jobs market – so make sure you ask questions!

Don’t forget that recruiters have in-depth knowledge about the organisations they recruit for. At Marine People, we foster meaningful relationships with clients for everyone’s mutual benefit. Get the inside scoop by asking questions like: 

  • What is the company culture like?
  • Where will I fit in?
  • Do they offer career progression?
  • Does the company offer flexible working hours?
  • Can I negotiate the offered salary?

Using your consultants’ knowledge to plan your next career move is one of our top tips when it comes to your job search.

Make sure you’re upfront 

It’s not always easy to give recruiters and companies the full picture of who you are. In our ‘Six do’s when writing a winning CV’ guide, we mention the ideal length of CV as one A4 page. If you have stuck to that rule, then sharing more information with a recruiter is essential!

Adding a secondary recruiter specific document detailing a more in-depth career history, including the reasons for leaving previous roles, your job search so far, and what you earned in previous roles – all help us to build up a bigger picture of you as a professional. 

When we know the full picture, we can use this information to your advantage, speeding up the process of securing your dream role! 

Ask for help!

Let’s not pretend that getting you that new job isn’t going to benefit us as well. Building a relationship and working together for our common goal is a powerful tool in your job search! 

With vast experience in placing candidates, our consultants know how the recruitment process works. At Marine People, we always provide coaching and advice for your application. 

This isn’t about tricking the system. It’s about showcasing your talent and skills to prospective employers. Presenting the best version of yourself really makes the application process run smoother and is the key to you securing the opportunity you want.

Marine People always offer bespoke CV workshops and interview technique coaching so don’t be afraid to ask. These skills aren’t just for your next role, they will help you for the rest of your career. 

Ready to hit the ground running on your latest job search? View our latest available roles and work with the dedicated team at Marine People to land your perfect role.