You may have engaged an agency for your next big contract, but are you prepared to deliver on your end? Working with an agency is a partnership and by learning more about what they need to succeed you can lay a stronger foundation for great results. Here are 7 tips to help you get started.

1. Provide context

It’s a two way street. If you decide to work with a agency, you are going to have set some time aside to work with a recruiter and make sure both are on the same stage. Right from the start, be transparent and communicate your overall goals, your strategy, and the unique challenges facing you face being a consultant and how you would like to work.  A meeting, coffee, or phone call to share this information and talk through any questions you or the agency might have.

2. Strong and ongoing communication is key

Having designated contacts on both sides of the table helps establish clear lines of communication. In other words, set the expectations from the start.  There are many moving parts when working with an agency. At some point, you may be dealing with the Account Manager or the recruiter, maybe operations at times but establishing a timely and consistent communication will keep the engagement flowing.

From the start, agency’s want to provide the best service. Let them know which form of communication works best for you.  Now again, its a partnership and both sides need work together. If any questions or concerns come about, raise them. If you want an status update or feedback, raise them. Good communication is key in any team work so why not establish this with your agency.

3. Let the agency take the lead

When it comes to scoping and planning your next contract, let the agency tap into their experience and take the lead. Many agencies offer this as part of their customer service: It’s a good way to determine the project’s requirements and the best way to leverage the agency’s skills and expertise while building trust with clients they may not have worked with before.

4. Don’t be afraid to tap into their expertise

You may be partnering on one particular project but chances are that you both have other things in motion at the same time. Look for ways you can tap into that expertise, whether that’s partnering on other projects or talking about other challenges that have come up; a check-in can be an opportunity to bounce ideas off of each other.

5.  Check-in , Thank you’s, etc.

Everyone loves recognition and praise for good work, and agencies are no different. Especially when those efforts pay off! Don’t forget to circle back and let the agency know how great your doing etc.

6. Share your network

The agency enjoys working with you. You set a good reputation on both ends. Why not share each others network. Agencies are always looking for new, skilled talent and if they are similar to your skill sets then share your network. Referrals are one best practice in todays HR recruitment. There is already a sense of trust and work ethic when someone provides referral.

Some agencies such as Splice have referral programs that can earn you some extra cash $$

7. Remember: Plans can change and evolve

Pivots can happen with any contract; new information, changed circumstances, and external factors can nudge a contract and its original plan. Trust your agency to manage these changes and make adjustments where needed.

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