Looking for a job is a full-time job in itself. Trawling through job vacancies, tailoring your CV, writing cover letters, filling out application forms, phone interviews, face-to-face interviews…there’s a lot to do.
That’s where a recruitment agency can help. Not only helping you to manage the ‘workload’ of a job hunt, the benefits of a recruitment agency stretch right through to helping you succeed at interview. And for job seekers, a recruitment agency is absolutely free to use.
If you’re still wondering why you should use a recruitment agency, take a look at our list of benefits below:
A more tailored job search
The advantages of using a recruitment agency are clear when you look at how they can help tailor your job search. Skilled recruiters will know their clients well – and the roles they have available. As a result, they will be able to target the vacancies they put you forward for.
Here at Anne Corder Recruitment we always meet our candidates face-to-face so we can do a bit of fact-finding. We work towards establishing what your ambitions are, and what sort of working environment you thrive in. From there, we are able to put candidates forward for roles that will help them achieve great job satisfaction.
With a recruitment agency helping you with your job hunt you will be put forward for roles that are right for you, as oppose to applying blindly to companies with only the job description to go on and perhaps the companies website to build up an idea of what they’re about.
Support and guidance
A recruitment agency is built on the skills of its recruiters – they know the job market, they’re experts in interviewing and skills assessments, they know their client’s requirements and they know how to help you shine in the eyes of the employers.
A great recruitment agency will be able to help you strengthen your interview skills, tidy up your CV and focus your career goals. Nurture the relationship with your recruitment agency and they could prove instrumental in your career progression.
Making the job hunt more manageable
Your job hunt can easily get out of control. You may send your CV off to lots of different companies and get responses coming through here and there. But how do you know if you need to follow up on an application? Do you have a structured way of knowing where you should be and for what interview? Have you had the opportunity to do enough research into the job and organisation you’re applying for?
A recruitment agency will have an organised system to help manage job seekers and clients – and it can take a huge weight from your shoulders. They will be the ones to send your CV to targeted clients, they will organise the interviews and they will give you updates and feedback. They’ll also be able to tell you the details you need to know about the employer, helping you to focus your efforts.
An ongoing relationship
A recruitment agency doesn’t need to be a one-off support system. If you make a good impression with recruiters, they will be happy to help you later down the line when you’re ready to make another career move.
In another example, if you work in HR and are placed as a candidate by a recruitment agency you can easily build an ongoing relationship that benefits your work. You can make the transition from candidate to client, using the agency’s skills to help you place candidates in your organisation. You can find out more about how this process works in our case study with the Frontline Group.
Finally, a recruitment agency will help you go onwards and upwards by providing constructive criticism and feedback. If you didn’t quite get that job after an interview, recruiters will be able to help you understand why and then help you strengthen your interview skills or otherwise in time for your next attempt.
So there are the benefits of using a recruitment agency, but make sure you have a read of Faye’s blog: 10 tips on getting the best from a recruitment agency too.
To find out more about how we’ve helped job seekers find their perfect job, have a read of our recruitment success stories.