6 Things You Should Tell Your Marketing Recruiters

It can take months to discover the right job opportunity. You want to find the perfect position at a great company that pays you appropriately, and that can make searching for marketing jobs quite difficult. The right marketing recruiter can help, but only if you keep communication open with him or her. Here’s what you need to share with your marketing recruiters in order for them to find the best job for you.

“Whatever the reason for your job search, tell your recruiter.”

1. Your reason for looking

Does your current company not allow for as much creativity as you’d like? Are you unhappy with your salary? Were you let go from your last job? Whatever the reason for your job search, it’s important to be open and honest with your recruiter. This information is necessary to help him or her find the best match for you. Also, he or she can help strategize a way to spin certain elements. For instance, if you’re unhappy with your overbearing manager, he or she might advise talking about your desire for more independence and authority in your interview with an employer.

2. Favorite companies

Your recruiter may ask you to list a few of the top brands you’d like to work for. Always include solid reasons why you’d like to be a part of those companies, and refrain from telling him or her that you’re indifferent to where you work. This is your opportunity to talk about your ideal job and give your recruiter insight into your interests and passions. If you can’t list top companies and explain your reasoning, it could show a recruiter that you’re apathetic, a trait most employers don’t want in their candidates.

3. Desired salary

Let’s face it, money is one of the most important considerations to make when searching for a job. Be honest with your recruiter about your bottom line. While you may want to set the bar high in the hopes that you’ll get the best salary, doing so could eliminate some positions that you’d be a great fit for. A high-quality recruiter won’t waste his or her time presenting you with a position that doesn’t meet your salary requirements. Therefore, be especially transparent with your compensation range.

4. Past work

These days, it’s not enough to simply have your past experience listed on your resume or a provide link to your online portfolio. You will need to explain it to your recruiter so he or she knows you’re capable of communicating ideas that go beyond a few bullet points or visual displays. Talk about your favorite internships or projects, and highlight some of your best pieces. Doing so will not only shine a light on the kind of work you’re interested in, but it can also help prepare you for explaining your experience in an interview with an employer.

Tell your recruiter when you're not interested in a position.Tell your recruiter when you’re not interested in a position.

5. When you’re not interested

With all of the competition in the creative job market, it can be tempting to try out any position placed in front of you. However, this won’t do you any favors. If you make it through to the final stages of the interview process and turn down an offer because the opportunity doesn’t seem like the right fit, you will have wasted your time, as well as the employer’s and recruiter’s. Let your recruiter know when you’re not interested in a position, and explain why. He or she will appreciate your honesty and put more effort into finding an opportunity that’s more in line with what you’re looking for.

6. Other opportunities you have

Your recruiter is on your side, so it’s important to be completely honest with him or her – especially if you have other opportunities in the pipeline. Stay transparent and communicate the status of other potential offers so your recruiter can help negotiate in your favor. Doing so will also set the hiring manager’s expectations within the necessary timeframes, and it can even help make the most of your time. When recruiters best understand which positions interest you, they can present you with opportunities that directly match up with your preferences, which can save both of you from wasting any valuable time and effort.

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