6 Reasons You Should Utilize A Recruiter in a Job Search
You don’t just want a job – you want the right job.
To get that job, you’ve been tirelessly shooting off resumes, email inquiries, cover letters, thank you notes, and even sliding into people’s social media at the chance of hopefully landing the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
And yet, crickets (chirp chirp chirp) or the unsweet song of silence.
Is it something you said? Or didn’t say? You have all the right credentials – what’s missing?
The job-seeking process can be fickle and yet it is your job while you are looking for a job. You invest hours, sometimes days, perfecting your application to standard only to get ghosted or turned down in the most impersonal fashion.
The grueling saga continues. If only there was a way to get inside the hiring manager’s head to know exactly what the company is looking for in a candidate.
Is there a way to cut through the red tape and use your time more productively? Yes there is – use a recruiter.
Recruiters get a bad rap. Annoying, aggressive, brutally honest – we’ve heard it all. While these characteristics often have negative connotations, we see them as essential to a qualified recruiter.
Recruiters have to be relentless, aggressive, and honest to get the coveted attention of top decision makers in today’s fast-paced, easily distracted world. There’s more to it than meets the eye, and plenty of reasons we think you should strongly consider engaging a recruiter to help you through the job-seeking process.
#1: Save time
It’s easy to spend hours pouring over page after page of search results on Google or job board sites. And likely, these are hours you don’t have.
Recruiters know what jobs are available and take the time to know you. No more getting lost in an overabundance of information; recruiters do the legwork for you to identify the absolute best opportunities for success. Looking for a job is a job itself – and the sole job of a recruiter. Making connections and looking for your job is their job, and they have an eight-hour workday to devote to it that you may not due to other responsibilities, such as another job, family, or school.
If you’re an unemployed job seeker, the time off is costing you in more ways than one. Working with a recruiter who advocates for you and has a direct line of communication to employers ensures this time is productive and that you’re setting yourself up for the best result.
#2: Network better
Candidates today have far more control over their job searches, but that doesn’t mean everything always lines up.Recruiting and career experts estimate that 70 to 80 percent of jobs aren’t advertised. Even with all the work you’re putting in to find a job on your own, that’s a lot to be missing out on.
Recruiters have an enormous network to tap into to find that hidden gem. When you gain access to a recruiter, you also gain access to their network. From phone calls to database searches, AI machine learning, referrals, and LinkedIn stalking, they hustle to follow every lead to the nth degree. A recruiter’s network is ever-growing; everyone stays in the database, so former clients turn into future employers and past employers turn into future clients. And when the connection is finally made, you have someone on your side fighting for you. It is a proven fact that the best qualified employee does not always get the job nut the one that is the most connected may get the offer first.
#3: Motivated job placement
There’s nothing more rewarding than helping a deserving individual achieve independence in a new job. But, money does come in handy. As we’ve said before, it’s the recruiter’s job to find you a job because their job depends on it. Recruiters aren’t only driven by your success, but by filling a role and the reward that goes with that accomplishment. They are determined to find you the right fit and are extremely competitive about it.
#4: Assistance from start to finish
Recruiters aim to get the best candidates for their clients. Coaching and application and interview preparation is part of the job. With the amount of data and innovations available to recruiters, it’s now possible to predict the outcome of interviews.
Your recruiter will help you leverage this intel to give you useful feedback and help you assess your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement so you represent yourself in the best way possible and are ready to accept the position when it comes.
A recruiter also provides advice on how to improve your resume, portfolio, and interview etiquette. He or she may have inside information on how an employer prefers to interview, questions they like to ask, or even cues in body language to pay attention to when talking to your potential future boss.
#5: You have a specific role in mind
If your skills are best suited for a specific role – like what you’d find in food services, facility services, and hospitality – a recruiter would be your greatest resource. Not only can recruiters cast a wider net, but there are niche recruiters who have contacts in certain industries.
For example, if you were looking for work in environmental engineering, you’d probably want to work with a recruiter who specializes in engineering or environmental engineering. Oftentimes there are more open positions in these fields than there are qualified candidates; a recruiter can ensure you’re exposed to companies that are having a hard time finding candidates with your unique skill set.
#6: You won’t settle for less
Good recruiters will not let their clients settle for a salary that is less than their worth. Not only will it leave them dissatisfied, but it reflects poorly on their abilities.
What if you’ve got a salary in mind, but you’re not sure it’s the right number?
Your recruiter will work with you to determine an acceptable salary range for your experience and manage your expectations to avoid awkward guesswork between you and the employer.
What you want in a job may evolve over your search, and you might find yourself willing to compromise on certain areas, and that’s perfectly okay. Your recruiter will be able to adapt and help you get closer to your dream job, whatever that may be. So if you want and advocate, advisor, partner and someone that has your best interest at heart engage with a recruiter.
Aside from you, we’re the hardest-working people we know at finding you a job.
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