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Your recruiter needs your help to help you. This page provides some tips on the best ways to work with your recruiter, as well as tips on putting your best foot forward in the job search process by writing a great resume and cover letter.

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How to get the most out of your relationship with your recruiter

Make sure you are working with the right recruiter. Make sure your recruiter knows your industry and works your niche. Most recruiters either specialize in an industry or certain geography. Unfortunately, some recruiters will accept your resume or application for their database but neglect to tell you that the odds of them working a position in your area of expertise are slim to none.

Be available. Be available to talk during business hours whenever possible. If it is impossible, return calls in a timely manner. If you don’t and your recruiter has to track you down, they will doubt that you are serious about making a change. Your recruiter needs to know that you are vested in the process.

Be honest and forthcoming. Your recruiter is putting their professional reputation on the line every time they represent you. The more information he knows about you the better job he can do of representing you. Be candid about the position and your interest level.

Do not interview unless you want the position. Going on a job interview for practice, networking, to gain industry information, or because you think it is what your recruiter wants is both unprofessional for you and unproductive for everyone else. If you can not see yourself walking in your supervisor’s office tomorrow and resigning your position, your recruiter does not want you to interview.

Trust your recruiter. If your recruiter informs you that this is probably not the right opportunity for you they are right. A professional recruiter will know exactly what his client wants, and if a position is a good fit. If your recruiter submits you for a position that is not right for you, it reflects poorly on both of you.

Do not go around your recruiter. Almost always, your recruiter has more information about the position and the decision-makers than you do. Making unauthorized contact with the client can damage your relationship with your recruiter. Let your recruiter tell you when it is appropriate to make contact.

How to write a great cover letter, resume and reference list

Here are a few thoughts on putting together the documents you will need for the interviewing process:

Cover letter tips

Resume tips

Reference list tips

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For a more thorough list of tips for writing professional cover letters, resumes and for putting together an effective reference list, request a copy of AgXecutives’ Resume Guidelines.