Searching for a job takes time and effort. Researching, contacting, following up – and a whole slew of other tasks. But when you work with a recruiter – a LOT of these steps get taken out of the process and make your job a lot easier. Check out the perks, below!
Generally working with a recruiter as a candidate is free of charge. The recruiting agencies get paid through the companies. So working with one comes at no cost to you!
One of the most frustrating aspects of a job search is waiting to hear back from an employer. However, recruiters have a vast network of connections within specialized industries. So, when you begin working with a recruiter, they’ll send your resume to network and employers they think you’d be a great fit for. This greatly increases the likelihood of someone getting in touch with you.
The next step in the process is sitting down for an interview with the recruiter. This is more of an informal ‘get to know you’ type of interview. If you are qualified for the position(s), the recruiter will schedule an interview with the employer. They will then prepare you for the company interview and let you know what skills to highlight. Having someone in your corner for a job interview makes the entire process less stressful.
Waiting to find out how you did after an interview is stressful. If you don’t get the job on your own, you may not even get feedback about why it didn’t work out. On the other hand, a recruiter will follow up with the employer to get feedback that they can then redirect to you. So, either way, you’ll leave with constructive criticism, an answer, or a job offer.
Recruiting firms commonly have contacts with hiring managers who attempt to fill positions privately before sharing it publicly. Since these unpublished positions are only available through the recruiter, you may never even have the chance to apply if you were to carry out your own job search from a company’s website.
A recruiter will know the salary information on a position they’re attempting to place you in. This means they’ll know your value and the salary you deserve. So you won’t have to go through the pain of wondering in hindsight if you could’ve gotten a higher salary if you had negotiated. The recruiter wants the best possible pay for you and is determined to pair you up with a company that matches your skills and expertise.
A Better Fit
If you’ve job searched before, you know that there are times when you’ve been on the job hunt for months, and you’re at the point where you simply need an incoming flow of cash. In this case, you take a position that you may be overqualified for and that pays you less than you deserve. This won’t happen with a recruiter. It is in the recruiter’s best interests to find you a job that is a good fit with the right company. This fosters a good relationship between the recruiter, employer, and you. Placing you in the right job is a win for all parties involved.
Confidentiality is especially important if you are starting your job search while being currently employed. Whatever your reasoning is, recruiters understand the importance of confidentiality in a job search. Recruiters will take every step possible to ensure that the only one who knows you are looking for employment is new employers. With a recruiter, you have the benefit of employers knowing you are open to work, without the risk of it being online.
Looking for a job doesn’t have to be stressful, and it shouldn’t be. The chance to find a new opportunity that is a good (or better) fit for you should be exciting! Recruiters make the process of looking for a job more enjoyable because they take the pressure off for you.
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