It wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that recruitment agencies are often not a necessity when looking for a job. After all, it is 2017. If you’re on the lookout for a new role in today’s high-tech utopia then you’ve got job sites, social media, networking platforms and a decent phone to use at your disposal.
However, a lot of priceless advice and guidance can be sought from a recruiter; and although you might not need your hand holding, you’ll definitely benefit from having one around to help you.
When you’re deep in the midst of a job search, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own with your CV and a search engine. Not to mention the potential competition you’ve got from everyone else looking for similar roles to you. But this is where the use of a recruiter comes in mighty handy and proves that you have a genuine ally out there in the tricky world of job-seeking.
Some recruiters work with hiring managers at companies, others work as headhunters at a third-party firm—but their goal is the same: to fill an open position with the best person they can find.
And if they think you’re that person, they can be a huge help in getting your name to the top of the pile. But when is the right time to reach out to a recruiter and make the most of that relationship?
Firstly, it depends on your situation. If you’re a recent graduate – or a student who is about to graduate with a killer degree – and you’ve got a specific skillset and a very clear idea of where you want to end up, you’re best bet is to give a recruitment agency a heads up well in advance. Let them know your situation, what you’re looking for and wait for them to work their magic. Then, by the time graduation rolls around, you should already have a few leads to play with.
If you’re a recent graduate who is unsure of where to turn to and you’re fed up of googling job vacancies, the stand-out silver lining in the typically horrific post-graduate job search is the use of recruitment agencies. Recruiters are dab hands at finding amazing job opportunities, finding the perfect candidate, preparing you for all of your interviews, managing your offers and are generally very apt in being your go-to job agent. They can assist in navigating you through the process which can often be pretty gruelling and long-winded.
Arguably though, the most effective trait of a recruiter is the opportunity to be given genuine, honest feedback and receive detailed reports on how you can be directed forward and onwards to something even better.
If you’re someone that’s recently left their current role to seek out a new position, a recruiter can be the catalyst in making that process much smoother and less time consuming.
Being unemployed isn’t fun. There’s no sugar-coating that. So in short, the best and most suitable time to reach out to a recruiter is all the time. Why wait around? Striking while the iron is hot is crucial, and if you’re sitting at home behind a computer screen emailing out job applications like they’re going out of style, you’ll miss out.
A lot of important employers have strong, reliable relationships with recruiters; so when it comes to making a decision on who to interview, they’re much more likely to listen to a trusted recruiter who personally sent them a prepped, advised candidate over a random CV without a voice.
But it goes beyond those initial stages too.
When you’ve nabbed yourself an interview, a recruiter will organise it all for you, prepare you for any expected (or unexpected) questions and they can even give you a bit of inside information on the company you’re interviewing for. All of these details will see you hopefully come up trumps on the day, leading to that all important job offer.
Looking for a job without the assistance of a recruiter can often be like taking a walk in a pitch black maze without a torch – which obviously isn’t ideal. Of course, some recruiters are better than others. A worthwhile one will become a confidant who truly wants what is best for you. They’ll follow up with you regularly and make sure you’re meeting all of your original requirements and needs.
The gruelling job-hunt process is simply made much easier when you’ve got access to a middle man. Having the ability to check in with them at any point throughout the hiring process is another luxury of this. And if you’re not immediately placed into a role, don’t lose hope. Most corporate recruiters will keep your resume and your details on file so that they can contact you the minute a new position opens up that matches your skills.
The added bonus always comes from working with a specialised recruitment agency, such as the team at Uniting Ambition. You get to work with consultants who are experts in their particular field. In our case, we specialise in IT, Retail and technology; so for instance, finding you a job in Software Development wouldn’t be a problem here.
Our job is to find you a job, it’s that simple. But we also want to make sure it’s the best possible job for you. That way, our clients trust us to find valuable long-term employees to work for them and we get to see you secure your dream role. If we don’t do our job properly, it reflects badly on us; so trust us, you’re in safe hands.
So if you’re looking for a new opportunity and you’re wondering when the best time to consider recruitment help is, it’s now!