How to work with recruiters

There are many ways to find work as a contractor, with the two most popular ways being to work with either an agency or directly with clients. Working with an agency can increase your contracting opportunities and earning potential. If you’ve not worked with a recruiter before, you might find the prospect a little daunting, which is why we’ve put together a guide, on how to work effectively with recruiters, to help you build long-lasting positive relationships with them. 

Let recruiters do the hard work 

A good recruiter will have a number of opportunities ready for you at any time. This is one of the major benefits of working with recruiters, as they do all the hard work, to find the opportunities that will suit you best. In order to do this, you will need to keep the recruiters you work with updated, about your current contracts, when they end, and any new qualifications you have gained.  

Work with recruiters to create the perfect CV 

You have lots of experience and want to add it all on your CV, right? This sounds like a good thing, but recruiters and potential clients wont necessarily read it all. There’s lots of debate around what is considered the perfect length of a CV and the general consensus is 2 pages. Work with your recruiter to pull out the most relevant experience for the projects you are discussing and incorporate them into your CV.  

Be Flexible With Your Daily Rate 

You already know your worth in the market and what you need to live on, but you may need to be flexible with your daily rate, to maximise the likelihood of winning the contract. Work with recruiters to factor in the length of the potential contract, location, the opportunity, as well as the daily rate. Remember, that even though you might need to be flexible with your rate, it doesn’t mean you should undersell yourself.  

Do Interview Prep With Recruiters  

You may have had lots of experience attending successful interviews, but you should really have interview prep with your recruiter before your first interview with a potential client. As the recruiter will have a relationship with them, and will have invaluable information about the project and company, the hiring manger’s interview style, and will know exactly what the client is looking for, so you can tailor your responses to interview questions ahead of time.  

Don’t compare contracts  

As the saying goes you can’t compare apples to oranges and the same goes for contracts. No two contracts are the same, especially if you are looking at contracts in different parts of the world. Your recruiter will do their best to get you the best possible terms and pay for each placement, but it’s not always possible to do a like for like match. Work with your recruiter in the same way as you would with negotiating your daily rate, to get the best terms, whilst not underselling yourself.  


Whilst is common and understandable that many contractors have issues with recruiters, finding and building a relationship with an ethical, hardworking recruiter, will be a positive move for your career. We update our website daily with the most recent contracting roles from recruiters across the UK, check out some of the newly listed roles below, and use this advice when reaching out to them.