You’ve seen your dream job advertised online. You desperately want to go for it, but it’s been listed by a recruitment agency, not the actual company. Should you still apply? Is it a real job? What would it mean for your application?
The thought of a new job is exciting, but actually finding a new role can be a draining and daunting process. Using a recruiter to help you is tempting, but if you’ve never been in that position before, how do you know where to start?
If you’re new to the job market, engaging with a recruiter can seem intimidating, but it really shouldn’t be.
In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about recruiters, and how to get the most out of working with them.
Understand the role of a recruiter.
To work with a recruiter, it’s important that you know what their role involves.
Put simply, a recruiter’s job is to find a suitable candidate for a specific position.
Recruiters work for a company or agency, and are tasked with sourcing candidates that have the experience, skills, and knowledge required for the role. When a recruiter finds the right candidate, and the candidate begins work, the recruiter will receive commission for filling that position.
The commission will be paid by the recruiter’s client, and will not affect the candidate’s salary.
A recruiter’s aim is to find the best possible candidate to fit a role. It’s beneficial for all parties if recruiters form good relationships with candidates, but keep in mind that they are not working for you. They want you to land a job, but when you getting a job means that they get paid, you may find yourself being propelled towards a role you wouldn’t usually go for.
That’s not to say you should avoid recruiters, you just need to understand their position, and make sure you find a recruiter that will help - not hinder - your job search.
Different types of recruiters.
Recruiters come in all shapes and sizes, and finding the right recruiter for you and your dream role is essential.
Certain companies will have internal recruiters who focus on finding the best talent for the business. Internal recruiters are becoming more popular for businesses, and are often involved in every step of the recruitment process.
From a candidate’s perspective, an internal recruiter will be able to offer a more genuine indication of a company’s culture than an external recruiter.
Recruitment consultants or recruiters that work for recruitment agencies, will source candidates to fill various roles for other companies. Usually, recruitment agencies will have a key industry focus, for example IT recruitment, or Education recruitment.
Recruitment agencies can cover a variety of different types of jobs. Some may fill permanent roles, whereas other agencies look to place candidates in short term or temporary positions.
Now that you’ve decided to work with a recruiter, you need to make sure you’re working with a recruiter who will do a good job. After all, a good recruiter may be an asset, but a bad recruiter should be avoided at all costs.
Do your research
Use Google to search for recruitment agencies in your local area. Read reviews, read social media comments and look for an agency that specialises in your industry, as well as your geographical area.
A lot of recruitment agencies will offer support during the interview process, so it’s worth finding out who’s willing to go the extra mile.
LinkedIn is a goldmine for recruiters. Connect with recruiters in your industry and reach out to them. 79% of job seekers use socials to find a new job - so it makes sense to use social media platforms to find good recruiters too!
Look at job boards
Online job boards will let you search by company. Find a recruitment agency on a job site and take a look at their current roles. These will give you an idea of the sort of companies they represent.
If you can’t find any information online, ask a recruiter directly about the types of businesses they recruit for.
Keep track of communication
If a recruiter keeps trying to contact you while you’re at work, or isn’t responsive when giving you feedback, think about moving on to someone else.
A job is a huge part of your life, and a recruiter who doesn’t give you the time you deserve isn’t likely to find you the best role.
It’s not just down to a recruiter to ensure you work well together. You have to play your part too!
Being honest with a recruiter about your expectations will ensure you’re both on the same page. If you have a salary in mind, make it clear to the recruiter that you aren’t willing to go below a certain figure. If you’re only looking for part time work, make sure you tell your recruiter before they start trying to help you.
If you expect a recruiter to be prompt in replying to your messages, you need to be equally courteous in your responses.
If you can’t make it to an interview, don’t ghost your recruiter. Explain that you won’t be able to attend, and try to reschedule. After all, a no-show doesn’t look good for either of you.
Open communication will help create a relationship that is mutually beneficial.
Remember, you don’t have to rely on one recruiter!
It’s a little bit more admin, but there’s nothing stopping you from contacting several recruiters at once. To avoid confusion, keep notes of all of your applications, and let recruiters know that you’re working with other recruiters or recruitment agencies.
Once you’ve agreed to work with a recruiter, there’s no pressure on you to take the roles that they offer you.
You’re still in control, you’ve just got a second pair of hands helping you search. Being honest with a recruiter in relation to what you’re looking for can help recruiters to find a role that will genuinely suit you and will avoid any awkward conversations later on.
A recruiter will never tell you everything.
Keep in mind that a recruiter won’t be able to tell you everything that’s going on during your job hunt or the application process. Recruiters will often put more than one candidate forward for a role, and there’s no guarantee that you’re top of their list.
A good recruiter will do their utmost to help you, and often, their job satisfaction will come from helping people just like you to find a role they’ll love. But it’s important to remember that a recruiter’s number one priority will always be their client.
Stay focused on your career goal.
Ultimately, recruiters can take some of the pressure off job hunting, but you have to keep your own aim in the forefront of your mind: finding your ideal job.
Recruiters are there to fill vacancies, not to ensure you get the best role - that part is down to you.
Ready to find your dream job?
If you’re ready to get in touch with a recruiter and get the ball rolling, here are 3 great ways to get started:
-- Tidy up your social media presence.
-- Give your CV a FAC3UK refresh.
-- Be clear about the sort of role you’re looking for.
Now you know more about how recruitment works, there’s nothing stopping you - go get ‘em!