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Step up the career ladder: Get a recruiter working hard for you

Updated: 14 Apr 2016



You have the qualifications, skills and experience. To take your career to the next level in China’s active jobs market you now need access to the top jobs and insight on the companies that are hiring. In other words, you need a recruiter working hard for you.


But how do you get a recruiter on your side? Here’s the inside insight from China’s recruiting experts Hays:


1.     Identify the right recruiter for you: “First identify the right recruiter for your role and industry,” says Christine Wright, Operations Director of Hays in Asia. “Look for an expert who recruits for your job function as they will want to know more about you.”


2.     Sell yourself: “Then win them over by selling yourself,” she said. “Remember, recruiters get paid by the hiring company, but they will work hard to place a candidate with relevant skills and experience who can have a positive impact on an organisation. At Hays, we enjoy being able to connect the right person with the right job. So know your unique selling points and be able to succinctly sell yourself to your recruiter when you first call. You’ll attract their interest and as you talk they’ll already be thinking about how your skills and experience match their clients’ needs.”


3.     Be honest: “If you are only looking for part-time work, say so,” says Christine. “If you need flexible working options or have a two month holiday coming up, tell your recruiter. Don’t leave such big news until the final stage of the interview process as it makes you and your recruiter look unprofessional.”


4.     Clean up your social media profile: “A recruiter will not want to represent someone with an inappropriate or unprofessional online profile. Search your name online, and adjust your privacy settings if necessary,” she said.


5.     Keep in contact: “Finally, talk to your recruiter. Keep in regular contact so you are at the forefront of their mind when a suitable vacancy becomes available,” says Christine. “Let them know which jobs appeal to you and why. If you are not sure whether to accept an interview, discuss it with them. And if you have applied for other roles, let us know so we have the total picture.  Openness and regular communication are essential.”


According to Hays, if you follow these steps they’ll want to stay in touch with you, too. “We want to build a long-term positive relationship with our candidates,” says Christine. “After all, they could become a client or candidate again in the future, and we want you to want to work with us again.”


In China Hays operates from four local offices: Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou.


Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.


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About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.


Hays Specialist Recruitment  (Shanghai) Co., Limited ("Hays China") operates across the public and private sector, dealing in permanent positions. Hays China’s eighteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Executive, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Operations, Oil & Gas, Property and Sales & Marketing.


Hays China operates four local offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. It is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company. As at 31 December 2013 we employed 7,979 staff operating from 240 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms.  


Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.