Benefits of Using a Recruitment Agency to Find a Job
Recruitment agencies are probably your best bet when trying to look for your dream job. They search for jobs every day and are experts in their field, so a great place to start your job search. Here are benefits of using a recruitment agency.
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1. Permanent and temporary vacancies
Quite often, I hear the assumption the recruitment agencies only supply temporary work. Not true!
Agencies can help you find both full-time and temporary work in a variety of sectors. Many also specialise in contract work. It's just a case of finding the right one for your requirements.
2. Save time
Sometimes, searching for a job can feel like you have another job! One of the major benefits of using a recruitment agency is they it will save you oodles of time. They will contact clients on your behalf, search their current database of jobs and conduct further searches on vacancies in your area that match your skills.
3. It's in their best interests to find you work
Recruitment agencies are free for candidates to use their services but they are not a charity! Most Recruitment Consultants earn a commission when they successfully place candidates into work so it in their best interests to work with you to help you search for a job and apply to the most appropriate for your skills and experience.
Established agencies have a client database. They have already formed strong working relationships with their clients who may have open vacancies. Even if they don't have any open roles in your sector, the recruitment consultant may think you are worth speaking to their clients about. This means you will be in the forefront of their minds when a vacancy comes up.
They know their client's likes and dislikes so there's no second-guessing for you to worry about. As they know exactly what their clients are looking for, it could give you the edge over your competitors.
5. The have access to ‘hidden' jobs
Many recruitment agencies don't advertise jobs in the first instance. Most will search their current pool of candidates to see who is available and has the suitable skills for the role. If they have at least 3 suitable candidates they can submit to the client, it's unlikely they will advertise the role. Why spend money unnecessarily and cause yourself extra work bu filtering unsuitable applicants? Do you see? It's very unlikely. If you are already registered on their books, you are more likely to be the first to be submitted to the hiring manager.
6. Market intelligence
Recruitment consultants know their market. They know what the current recruitment trends are and which companies are likely to recruit in the near future. Remember, they are the experts, so use the knowledge they have gained.
7. Industry advice
Using their market intelligence and information gained from working with clients, recruitment agencies are a fabulous place to gain valuable advice on the industry in which you work. Any recruitment consultant worth his/ her weight in gold will be honest with you. They will tell you if you are punching above your weight, but perhaps more importantly, they may have some available vacancies that will help you get on the right track to your chosen career goal.
8. Interview preparation
Recruitment agencies will help you with interview preparation. From past experience with the client, they will be able to give you an idea of questions that may be asked or tests you have to complete. This is not cheating! Don't worry! If you have a presentation to deliver, your recruitment consultant may be able to check it through for you or offer practise.
9. Interview feedback
If you apply for a job without a recruitment agency and attend an interview, you will no doubt want feedback. Unfortunately, it can be a bit of a nightmare trying to get robust feedback from the interviewer or HR department. A recruitment agency will get feedback directly from the hiring manager then pass it on to you.
If you feel your interview didn't go as well as you would have liked, the recruitment consultant can intervene and ‘sell' the positive aspects of your interview to the interviewer.
If you are unsuccessful, the recruiter can then use this feedback to support you with your next application and send you to clients that will be more likely to hire you.
10. Salary negotiations
I think you will like this one! I think it's probably one of the most popular benefits of using a recruitment agency.Most candidates hate negotiating salary and benefits packages. Once you have secured the job role, the recruitment agency will negotiate on your behalf. They know what's realistic, what their client has on offer, and will aim to get you the best deal.
Most candidates hate negotiating salary and benefits packages. Once you have secured the job role, the recruitment agency will negotiate on your behalf. They know what's realistic, what their client has on offer, and will aim to get you the best deal.
11. If you are lacking in experience, they can help you
If you are lacking in experience for your chosen sector or job role, a recruitment agency may offer you some temporary contracts to build up your CV.
The general way in which this works is that a Recruitment Agency will be asked by a client (the company) to fill temporary positions and they will have a pool of workers on their books with varying availability and skills. They will then call suitable staff to fulfill the workload. In most circumstances, the workers will be employed by the agency.
The benefit of finding work in this way is that as you would be employed by the agency, you don’t have to send your CV or resume multiple times or attend many interviews. You will have established a good working relationship already with the agency so you will be placed into work based on your previous contracts and reliability.
If a company is looking for temporary or seasonal workers they may have either other opportunities within the organisation or future contracts. In effect, you could go and work for them doing for example, a three-month contract as a Receptionist and then get hired on a full-time basis as Office Manager. Similar examples have happened many times in my experience.
Another plus is that while working there you are broadening your networking contacts and could gain additional skills.
Temporary work can be a great way to get your foot in the door of a company or test the water as to whether you enjoy working in perhaps a different sector.
There are plenty more benefits of using a recruitment agency depending on your requirements and career goals. It is important to build a mutually beneficial relationship so the more specific you can be about where and when you want to work, in which sectors and your ambitions for the future, the better. Saying that you will do anything (even if you will!) is not going to push you to the forefront of their mind when a consultant is trying to go through a database of suitable candidates.
Another thing to note is that the agency may be dealing with hundreds of candidates so follow up is important. Keep calling to find out if there are any suitable vacancies, keep the agency up to date of any changes to your availability or experience and always above all else remain positive and upbeat.
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