My first 90 days as a recruiter – how to get the most out of your job search and application

Recently I transitioned from a role with an international lender to working with Oxygen in a recruitment role. In my first 90 days as a recruiter, I have learnt a lot about how to be successful in landing your next role, and how to position yourself in the best way possible. In this blog, I have outlined, is what I believe are the most important parts of a job application and some general advice for job seekers.


The first step of being successful in your job application, is having a well written, concise, and clear resume. You want your resume to be easy to read, bold clear headings and the use of simple dot points is a must. Keep your resume between 3-4 pages (depending on your experience), and make it pleasing to the eye. Adding your relevant education and technology or soft skills is a great way to catch the eye of the recruiter.

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Job Seekers Online Prescence

Update your social media accounts regularly, especially LinkedIn. Recruiters, and hiring managers have a strong presence on this platform and will probably research. Presenting yourself well through social media is another tick in the box for landing an interview. On LinkedIn, a professional photo, updated job history and any education is essential to start with. As you progress in your career, you can update and add more detail to your LinkedIn page such as utilising tools like recommendations, providing services and certifications.


When it comes to speaking with the hiring manager or recruiter, make sure you present yourself well. You want to be speak clearly and communicate well, answer all questions and be confident with your answers.

If it is a video call, the same applies, however you also must ensure you leave a good mark on the interviewers. Present yourself like you are going for a face-to-face interview, make sure the connection is good and try to limit the background noise.

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Interview Preparation

This is one of the most important steps in securing a new role. Understand the role you are interviewing for and understand the company and their culture. You do this by reading over the job description, researching the company and interviewers on LinkedIn, and ensuring you are on time for the interview.

Interview preparation is a common step that is forgotten about, but it can make or break your application.

General Advice

In my first 90 days in this industry, I have already learnt so much. These are the main takeaways that will make a job seeker successful in their job search:

  • Be prepared to have a conversation – If you have applied for a role, take the opportunity to speak to the recruiter and ask questions that you may not find the answer too in the advert.
  • Honesty – when it comes to the later stages of the hiring process, answer our questions with honesty. If you have another offer, unsure about the role, tell us. We will assist you throughout the process and it is important that we find the right role for you.
  • Utilise our expertise – as a recruiter, we will assist you in landing your next role. We will be there with you every step of the way, ask us questions throughout the journey, and be open to feedback and help.

If you would like to have a discussion with me about potential roles, or receive some career advice, call Patrick Fisher on 0435748546.