The recruitment process can be a long road from A to B, presenting a cast of applicants that often spreads into the hundreds, particularly for large, reputable companies.
As such, many businesses – big and small – will turn to recruitment agencies for help.
Recruitment companies essentially act as the middle man between the employer and the candidate, tasked with finding the right candidate for the role.
If you’re thinking of using a recruitment agency in your job search, it could be the smart choice. Here are five great reasons to use a recruitment agency to find a job.
Recruitment agencies commonly get the nod from businesses over traditional in-house recruitment methods as they will pre-sift the CVs, leaving the cream of the crop for interview.
As a result, recruitment agencies often have advance access to jobs that are yet to become publicly available via traditional job boards. Recruitment agencies can also have access to exclusive jobs that are completely unavailable elsewhere.
What's more, it’s not unusual for businesses to close a job ad early if they find the right candidate, so getting in early can be a big difference-maker.
Guidance & Support
Job hunting can be a frustrating experience, particularly when applications aren’t producing responses and you seemingly aren’t making any headway in your employment search.
Having a designated recruitment agent assigned to fight your corner can be a great form of support in your quest for employment, acting as a coach as well as a means to an end.
A personal contact capable of pointing you in the right direction and providing employer insight can be invaluable, particularly when it comes to tailoring applications.
As a general industry rule, recruitment agencies won’t get paid by the recruiter until the vacancy has been filled.
As such, it’s in their best interest to help you get the job you apply for and prepare you for interview as best they can, should you make the final cut.
That being said, this can backfire in that the recruitment process can, at times, turn into a sale with the onus on simply getting you employed rather than getting you the job that suits.
Nevertheless, if you are more concerned with getting any job as opposed to getting the job, this won’t be an issue.
Recruitment agencies can often be industry-specific, with jobs targeted at a specific job sector or specialism (such as science).
Approaching such an agency can be a smart move as those that work there will naturally come equipped with existing knowledge of the industry and therefore detailed knowledge of the roles.
This can translate into clarity of what is expected and informed insight into the company which, in turn, gives you the upper hand in the application process.
This expertise can be a great trump card when it comes to role-specific tips, such as specifics to include on your CV and things to mention at interview.
Feedback is imperative when it comes to improving performance and something that is often lacking during the recruitment process.
Employers are busy people and interview feedback is not guaranteed. Meanwhile, feedback on an application is virtually non-existent.
Conversely, recruitments agencies can provide a helpful report of your output, letting you know what worked and what didn’t in order to help you improve for next time.
Whether that’s advice on switching up your CV to tailor it to a role or providing you with interview insights and notes from the interviewers.
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