Although not as unpopular as Estate Agents, Recruitment Agents sometimes struggle to get a lot of love.
However, there are some great benefits that come with from working with a (good) recruitment agency, and it doesn’t prevent you from conducting your own job search at the same time.
Why use a recruiter? Here are our top 10 reasons:
- Application vs Interview ratio is much higher – the recruiter assesses and sends CVs as a profession, they’re experienced in matching skills and experience with job descriptions. Compared to filling in an online application form, the chances of getting a successful interview are significantly increased when a recruiter puts you forward.
- They format your CV – when working with a recruitment company, they’ll do the nitty gritty of the formatting when presenting your CV to the client, so you don’t need to worry about fonts, tabs, shifts and spacing!
- Tailor your CV to purpose – your recruitmenter will have spent a significant amount of time talking to the prospective hiring manager about what they’re looking for in terms of skills and experience. With this information, you can tailor your CV to include and highlight the most relevant information for the role.
- You don’t need to chase the client – it can be a stressful time waiting to hear back from either submitting your CV or attending an interview. If you apply to the company directly, you don’t know when is the right time to request feedback/a decision, as you don’t want to jeopardise your chances. Your recruiter is on-hand to talk to you throughout.
- Always get feedback – often when applying directly to roles, Hiring Managers are too busy to provide feedback to the hundreds of applications they receive, whereas with a recruiter – you will always get direct feedback from CV submission and interviews.
- Use their influence – often a recruitment company has been the partner of choice to a particular company for many years with a successful track-record of placements. You can increase your chances of securing an interview if you have been put forward by a recruiter.
- Discuss the role before applying – the problem with applying for a job directly is that it’s difficult to ask questions/rule jobs out before going through the (time-consuming) application process first. With a recruiter you can ask them questions about the role, the salary, the location – anything!
- Approach companies speculatively with more success – check with your recruiter which companies they work with, and if they are of interest, you can request they send your CV speculatively and recommended by them.
- Practise for your interview – recruiters know what their clients are looking for. They can practise questions, answers and give you general interview advice. They can also help calm your nerves if you feel nervous 🙂
- Keep your job-hunt private – a recruiter will contact companies directly and discreetly, if you put your CV on a jobsite or jobs board, then you run the risk of anyone (including your employer) knowing that you’re searching.