When it comes to finding a new job, you don’t just update your CV, search the press and various websites and then apply. Now you register with an agency and let them do all the work for you - or do you? We will answer that shortly.
More and more businesses are using recruitment professionals to fill their vacancies, as it takes a lot of the time and pressures out of their recruiting process. It also means only those suitable for the job then get through the qualification stage and on to interview. Less time is spent by the company reviewing covering letters and CVs only to find the candidate is not appropriate.
The benefits of this system for a candidate is that applicants put forward by recruitment consultants often carry more weight. They may have a better chance of getting to the interview stage.Recruiters are also able to offer advice and coaching on various aspects of the recruitment process and often find you opportunities that are not even officially available.
There is a common misconception that recruiters are only working on behalf of their client. A good recruiter will work with the candidate as a client and will provide exceptional support and value despite not getting paid directly by the candidate. The hiring business pays recruiters; however, a good recruiter is ultimately seeking a perfect match for both client and candidate customer.
So as a job seeker (passive or active) how do you make sure you are getting the most value out of your recruiter?
The most important thing is to build up a good relationship with your recruiter. They will take the time to make a plan for you and approach local business on your behalf.
Don’t just sit back and let your recruiter do all the hard work. Take responsibility for your career by helping them to help you. For example, point out the value you provide as an employee, provide information that will help position you correctly and know what it is you want. Provide them with five companies you would like them to approach on your behalf and even write a short profile on your skills that can be used when sending your CV out.
Always listen to advice if offered, as your recruiter is likely to know the hiring business better than you. If appropriate, be willing to take on board their advice. Often candidates know most of the advice being offered by the recruiter but it’s always good to have it re-enforced.
Be willing to take advice on yourCV and covering letter, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Recruiters read thousands of CV’s and probably know a thing or two about how to present yourself effectively.
If you want your recruiter to be committed to helping you, be prepared to invest some loyalty to them. A period of time dealing with them exclusively will yield higher value, and they can offer you a bespoke service.
Finally, make sure you both know what it is you’re looking for and where your aspirations lay. As long as you know, you can make it clear and concise for your recruiter. By keeping everything simple, there is no room for confusion – so as soon as a job comes up which is suited to you, they can act for you. Likewise, if your aspirations or circumstances change, make sure you inform them.
If you’re looking for career support, send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the registration process today!