As you begin your job search, you may be wondering if you should use a recruiter in your job hunt. You will receive different advice depending on whom you talk to, but naysayers usually fall into one of two categories: people who have never actually worked with a recruiter or people who were burned by a disreputable staffing agency. As with any industry, there are those who are consummate professionals and those who are subpar. If you find a well-established and respected agency with a stellar team, however, you will soon discover how enlisting a recruiter in your job hunt will bring you that much closer to the career of your dreams.
1. Access to Jobs
Recruiters simply have access to more open positions, many of which you would never stumble across on your own. They have built a vast network of job contacts and have their finger on the pulse of the job market. Even if you are applying to a job that is advertised publicly, recruiters help you distinguish yourself from the onslaught of applicants. These days, having someone actually look at your resume and schedule an interview is half the battle. Because of their strong relationships with employers, recruiters help you get your foot in the door.
2. Finding a Good Fit
While it is true that recruiters are hired by employers, their mandate is to find the best candidate for the job. If you genuinely want your next job to be a good fit, that works in your favor, too. It means you will not waste time interviewing for jobs that are not suitable or punching a clock someplace that makes you miserable. Instead, you will be considered for jobs that you are expected to excel at and enjoy. When championed by a recruiter, you are entering an interview room full of enthusiasm and anticipation, not indifference and wariness.
Recruiters provide valuable advice to job candidates on how to revise a resume and interview well. If you have launched a successful job hunt before, you may think coaching is not important to you, but nothing could be further from the truth. Business etiquette changes and marketing yourself continues to evolve. Also, if it has been a while, you may be a bit rusty and could neglect small but critical details. A recruiter will ensure you present yourself in the best possible way.
4. The Inside Track
While it is important to research each company, there are certain things you simply cannot learn from even the most thorough Google searches. For that, you need a personal connection. Recruiters have the inside track on a company’s culture, the people you will be meeting, and any quirks that could affect your chances. Even if you know someone who works there, recruiters provide a different perspective, especially since they have heard employers speak candidly about current employees and prospective candidates.
5. Benefits of an Intermediary
One of the most important things recruiters do is serve as an intermediary between the employer and the candidate. When scheduling interviews, having a go-between is a logistical godsend and avoids any awkward back-and-forth with a potential employer. After interviews, they relay feedback, which will give you a sense of how it went and provide insight for future interactions. While you are waiting for an answer, recruiters keep you connected to the job search, ensuring you are informed and still on the employer’s radar. When a job offer is on the table, they handle the negotiations, which puts some distance between you and any haggling that needs to be done. By serving as the connection between you and the employer, job recruiters usher employers and candidates both towards a positive outcome.
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