Searching for a job is something you don’t do on a regular basis (hopefully). So, it makes sense to consider turning to someone who does. Recruiters talk to clients and potential clients every single day.
They speak with HR Managers, business owners, accountants, controllers, buyers and other permanent staff members looking to fill a role for their company, or maybe several roles.
Recruiters take notes on the open position, the hours, the job requirements, pay, benefits, potential for permanent employment and career trajectory.
Recruiters have client insight
Recruiters have more honest insight into every aspect of each position and the company looking to hire, than any prospective employee can ever have. Especially Recruiters who have an excellent relationship with their clients. Working with a top-notch Recruiter is like hiring someone to find you a job on your behalf, but for free.
Save time, find quality firms and interview faster
Looking through job postings and finding opportunities you want to pursue and knowing which ads are legitimate roles, is not an easy process. Working with a well connected Recruiter not only saves you time, but will weed out scams and companies with poor reputations. Recruiters align you with positions that meet your qualifications in both experience and company type.
Many people looking for work also have no idea that there is a large amount of employers who never advertise their job openings. Many partner with Recruiters directly to find candidates for each and every new role they obtain. Companies have learned the benefit of having a relationship with a staffing company where their Recruiters have learned every aspect of their business.
A great Recruiter is well attuned to exactly what their client is looking for and employees that will be the most happy and successful in the position. Hiring is a two way street. Recruiters and clients want their employees to be just as pleased with their position as they are with them. Unhappy employees are unproductive employees so it serves all parties well when an experienced recruiter knows where an employee will fit best in which role and for which client.
According to Silas Peterson with The Hire Firm “since recruiters work directly with employers to fill positions, they know exactly what the hiring managers are looking for in candidates. This gives you insight into highlighting your most relevant qualifications and skills and reducing the normal guesswork.”
Working with a Recruiter also can get your foot in the door for an interview, faster or at all. Some companies only hire through staffing agencies, believe it or not. Some clients will turn applicants who want to apply directly with their firm away and share the contact information with the staffing agency they work with. Some only hire temp to hire, after the candidate has proven their worth and interest in the position. Again, it’s a two way street and the employee can just as easily pursue other interests and terminate their assignment if they don’t want to work permanently in that role or for that company.
Recruiters share your worth and vouch for you
Working directly with a Recruiter is like having your own representative share your worth on your behalf. Recruiters typically are vouching for you every time they reach out to their clients and schedule an interview for you. After reviewing countless candidates, Recruiters select who they think will best fit each role and schedule interviews or start dates and hope they have picked well for all three parties involved.
Employers are looking to receive quality candidates that have been reviewed first by their Recruiter rather than go through the huge amount of candidates who apply to a job opening, many times without any related experience. Clients want to save time as well and productively and proactively fill their job openings.
Use more than one Recruiter, but be honest
Note that you can also use more than one Recruiter and that Recruiters do not charge you for their work on your behalf. While working with a Recruiter or Staffing Agency, and especially when working with more than one to help you find your perfect job, honesty is paramount. If there is a role discussed with you and it doesn’t sound like something you’re interested in, decline it. Staffing firms would much rather you say no to work than to not show up, perform poorly or leave before the job assignment is finished. That only wastes everyone’s time, including your own.
If you have more than one job assignment or interview offer, be honest with each agency you are working with. Clear, honest communication is desired by job candidates as well as Recruiters and staffing agencies. Let them know exactly what you seek for employment, how each interview went, provide feedback from assignments you’ve taken and your path to finding the role that is perfect for you will be discovered sooner than you think.
COATS Staffing Software has worked in the staffing industry for over 25 years and developed software to run staffing agencies nationwide. Finding and placing employees is a full time job, handling your daily operations shouldn’t be.