Fundamentally recruitment should be about saving time for both the person seeking a job and the employer looking to hire, facilitating an effective process and getting the best deal for both parties. But the process involves more than just finding a job for someone (or finding someone for a job), it is about finding a match between the experience, skills, career aspirations and personality which are on offer and being sought. To do that, a recruiter must understand what the candidate has to offer and what opportunities the employer is offering in a job.
A specialist recruiter focuses on recruitment within a certain industry, sector or skill set which means they have a deep understanding of the job requirements and what kind of competition you’re up against.
To further explain the benefits of using a specialist recruitment agency, here are some more reasons why you should consider using one to help you find your next position:
1) Gain insider knowledge about roles & companies
A job advert will usually have a salary, location and a brief description of the role responsibilities but you may need more information than that to decide whether you want to apply, particularly if you’re looking for a permanent position. After all, changing jobs can be a big decision especially if it involves moving into a different discipline, sector or relocating.
A good consultant should be able to tell you a lot more about the job and about different companies recruiting. They should be able to tell you what companies are expanding, what key projects they’re working on and what opportunities they may have in the future. Importantly, they will also be able to tell you what it’s like to work there; what is their company culture like? Do they have a training and development program? Do they have a sports team you can join? With the average person spending a third of their life working it’s important that you find a job which you love and an environment which you really enjoy working in.
2) Championing you more than your CV can
Your CV is a great tool to showcase your education, experience and to some degree, your personality. But it is two dimensional and no matter how well you write it, it can never sell your strengths and character as well as someone who knows you can.
Partnering with both employers and those seeking work, recruiters know the role as well as the client does and will get to know you so they can really promote you to the end client.
The things listed on your CV may not tick all of the employer’s boxes but if we know more about your other strengths and attributes then we can confidently champion your case to secure an interview. This is where choosing to work with a specialist recruiter can really help as you will be speaking to a consultant who truly understands the technical and potentially transferable aspects of your skills and experience and can effectively sell the benefits of your background and personality on to the client.
3) Preparing you like a pro for an interview
Part of a recruitment consultant’s role is to make sure that you are fully prepared to perform at your best at an interview. Not only do they want to help you get the right role for you but ultimately the agency is only paid if you are successful in getting the job. Simply, a recruitment consultant hasn’t done their job correctly if you enter an interview unsure about what to expect. Some interviewers have odd habits, likes/dislikes, hobbies or set questions that they usually ask and if your consultant can share insight on these things it will put you at an advantage from the outset.
4) Let someone else negotiate a good deal for you
To put this into context, think of yourself as a professional footballer – your aim may be to play for one particular club or you’re happy to play for a number of clubs. Because you are busy and your time is precious, you don’t have the time to approach and negotiate a contract with all of your preferred options, which is why you’d use an agent. Agents can take away the hassle and awkwardness of those discussions so you can focus your time on your strengths – in this case football.
Some people say recruiters are “taking from my pocket” but this isn’t the case - most agents agree a fixed percentage up front with a client. Generally speaking the more you end up getting, the bigger the fee the agent will charge, albeit working in conjunction within the end client’s budgetary constraints. A good recruiter will strive to get you the best rate or salary they can.
5) Support throughout your career
Beyond finding you a job right now, establishing a working relationship with a recruitment consultant can help you find opportunities in the future when the time comes to move jobs or when your circumstances change.
By having a good relationship with a recruiter and keeping in touch with them even when you’re not actively looking for work, you will be the person they think of when a new, specific role comes up. You can get the heads up on roles before they are publically advertised.