Consultants FAQ’s

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 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 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.

Is there a monetary difference between working independently or through an agency ?

No, there is no difference in terms of what a contractor is paid. The contractor’s rate remains the same whether they work on their own or through an agency. Clients are willing to pay a premium in order to use an agency to recruit talent for them, relieving them of the time, effort, and responsibility associated with that task. Clients usually develop relationships with two or three agents that they use repeatedly. The agency usually charges between 15% and 30% above the contractor’s rate, but they also offer guarantees to the client for their selection and a backup candidate if the contractor doesn’t work out.

How can I find out what my strengths and weaknesses are ?

Ask your supervisors and co-workers what they value about you and what areas you need to work on. Tell them you appreciate their honesty.

I recently moved to a new city. How do I start networking ?

The best way to network is to look for several user groups or professional organizations in your field that meet locally. Attend as many professional functions as you can and try to meet at least eight new people each time. Remember to introduce yourself with your professional label—this also applies to any social event you attend. And don’t forget your business cards!

How should I record the accomplishments I want to present to the client at the end of my contract ?

Document events in a journal and a detailed timesheet. Then write a summary at the end of your term.

If I’m working through an agency should I wait until the end of my contract before I ask how I’m doing ?

Your agency should check in with you and your client monthly to resolve any problem areas, to let you know how the client feels about you, and to get your client thinking about renewing your contract.

Things to Remember:

  • A positive attitude helps you win contracts and enhance your reputation
  • Meeting deadlines and commitments is the primary way you can add value.
  • Having a professional approach to your assignment also adds value to the project.
  • Effective communication is critical to your professional success.
  • Share innovations and ideas with your client.