Finding the job you want can be difficult. Endless job searches, applications and cover letters, and even interviews can become a little bit demotivating, especially when you don’t get the job. Many people often apply directly to job adverts without ever using a recruiter which was typically the traditional route for applying for jobs. However, there are actually a number of reasons and benefits as to why you should engage with a recruiter when it comes to your new job search.
The excitement of starting a new career or role is one that we as recruiters love to share as we help place our candidates into roles they dream of. With the many job boards available online that include Google, Indeed, and LinkedIn you may think to yourself ‘why would I need a recruiter to help find me a job, there are loads of opportunities available!?’.. so you apply for roles online, submit your CV and then you have not heard anything back. Does this sound familiar?
Think of recruiters as your very own manager whose job is to oversee and reach the goal of helping to secure you a new job. Recruiters have a great deal of experience in how the recruitment processes work, what employers are looking for and are often well connected with businesses who often don’t post their vacancies online for candidates to apply directly but utilise the knowledge of recruitment companies to effectively sell the job in the best way possible in order to attract top talent and the right candidate for the role.
Looking for a new job and applying may seem scary, which is why Recruiters are here to help you along the way. Below, we’ll discuss 5 reasons why you should look to a Recruiter for your next job search.
Recruiters save you valuable time and effort
Ask yourself how many hours have you spent searching online job boards and completing job applications? Do you have other responsibilities or obligations in life that prevent you from job hunting? Time is precious to all of us and you may already have a full-time job which means your spare time is being taken up when you could be doing the things you enjoy.
By using a recruiter, you can save time as they will already know about the majority of job vacancies available in your sector and/or will know exactly where to look. Recruiters spend their day matching suitable candidates for their client’s vacancies. Recruiters know what jobs are out there and now they know you are out there. They also devote a large amount of time to make sure those jobs are filled, often chasing up your application on your behalf as they often know the hiring managers personally and have direct lines of contact with them. Recruiters also keep your job hunt confidential until you are ready to speak with your current employer to let them know you are leaving for your new job.
You will get invaluable CV, Interview advice & guidance
Recruiters want to place candidates to fulfil the needs of their clients. For this reason, they will provide you with all of the support required for your application to be successful. This ranges from ways to improve your CV and interview techniques to how you should position yourself in front of a potential employer.
After an informal chat with a recruiter, they will be able to assess your skills, abilities, and experience and analyse it objectively. Candidates often have a limited perspective of what role they may be best suited for. You may even be discounting yourself from roles you’re completely qualified for because you’re not aware that you’re qualified for them. By having a simple chat with a recruiter, it could open your mind up to a sector or industry you hadn’t even thought about before.
We believe it’s always a good idea to have a conversation with a recruiter before you even start to apply for jobs as this will give you the best start as well as an understanding of what opportunities are currently available in the market.
Recruiters help you through the entire process along with salary negotiations.
Recruiters have expert industry knowledge with the unique insight required to help place you in the perfect new job. Quite often, Recruiters specialise in a variety of industries such as technology, HR, Healthcare, Sales, etc. They have spent hours conducting market research so they remain up to date on industry news, trends, and pay scales.
They utilise this knowledge to provide their candidates with the whole recruitment process from searching to applying to interviews and finally accepting an offer and negotiating your salary terms. This is super beneficial as many people are usually unsure how to negotiate their salaries and benefits in the best possible way which is in line with current markets.
Recruiters essentially have your back, acting as the middle man between you and your new employer, without you having to get into the awkward chat about salary with your potential new company. You might not feel comfortable about discussing your salary or negotiating benefits for fear of looking like you’re only interested in the money and not the job itself.
At Tech Talent, for example, we only want the best for our candidates, and we are happy to try to negotiate a better offer with our clients so that we can close the deal and make both parties equally happy. If you’re not successful the first time round, we will keep your details on file and you will be the first person we contact when we receive another role that matches your skills.
Get access to exclusive job opportunities, which are not available elsewhere.
As we previously mentioned in our introduction to this article, Recruiters have access to job vacancies that are not posted directly by companies. This is because companies understand the value of recruitment companies in helping them filter through applications in order to find the right candidate for the role.
Recruiters often learn about their client’s business requirements inside out, in order to support them with key resources and often become their preferred supplier. This means that any direct job applications received by the company would not even be considered as they have not come from a vetted recruitment agency. This means you could be missing out on job opportunities by only relying on job board websites.
At Tech Talent, we can give you access to jobs that are confidentially advertised or not yet posted on the internet. With more options to apply to, you have a better chance of receiving the job offer you want, with less competition. Sound great right?
Supports Professional Development
Not received a well-earned promotion or unable to further progress in your job with your current employer due to limited opportunities? Many people look for new career prospects at different companies within their sector in order to continue and pursue their professional career development goals.
A recruiter will be able to match your specialised skills with current market opportunities available. Certain job roles require a unique set of skills and experience. Sometimes there are fewer qualified candidates than the number of positions open. If you are currently in an industry that requires specialist skills you may want to consider using a recruiter to help aid your professional career development.