6 ways working with a recruiter will empower your job search

Searching for a new job is a time-consuming and stress-inducing process. Sifting through vacancies on job boards, perfecting your CV, and waiting for responses … all of it takes time and valuable energy, only to all too often be left in the dark, uncertain of where you might have gone wrong.

There’s a better way. An easier way for you to connect with a job that meets your skills and needs – working with a specialist recruitment agency.

Here are some of the reasons why you should put your job search in a recruiter's capable hands (and land that dream job, sooner than you think!)

Recruiters will save you time

In an average week of job searching, how many hours do you think you spend scouring the job boards and sending lengthy applications? How much time have you spent, waiting expectantly for a reply, only to hear nothing at all? It’s frustrating, all the more so when you are currently employed full-time and lack the free time to fully commit to your job search.

A recruiter will save you time, cutting back on all that time-intense job searching using hours you just don’t have. How, exactly? Well …

Recruiters have an extensive network of connections and clients

Recruiters have an established client base, built upon years of building trust. Working with a recruitment consultancy means that your name has a chance to get in front of people that you might not have had a chance of reaching before, as recruiters have the benefit of a larger specialist network, as well as first-hand information on job openings and vacancies that might not be advertised online yet, or are exclusive to the recruitment agency.

In addition, because the recruiter will naturally have an established connection with the Hiring Manager, your profile will be much stronger than a faceless stack of CVs. Those CVs haven’t been highlighted and promoted by a connection – yours has. As a recruiter will have spoken to you about your CV as part of the process, they can connect the dots between your work experience and the role, emphasising your strengths and capabilities in a way a regular application just won’t.

They will support you throughout the process

There can be apprehension at the possibility of working with a recruitment agency. We get it – searching for a new job can be vulnerable and stressful, so you want to feel like you’re putting your trust in the right people. A trustworthy recruiter will get to know you and your needs, provide you with relevant information, and keep in touch with you throughout the process. They’ll keep you updated, feedback on developments, prepare you for your interview and ultimately, negotiate a good salary and package. 

Avoiding a recruiter's help means you’ll be going in alone – missing out on strategic career guidance and insight. From the get-go, recruiters have more information on the role than is in the job description, but you’ll find other nuggets of knowledge you just won’t find elsewhere, such as specifics about the hiring process, and qualities that they know the Hiring Manager is looking for, as well as other tips and interviewing techniques. 

Trust goes both ways – building mutual trust is important

Setting realistic expectations is crucial. When relaying your expectations to a recruiter, be honest. If you have feedback on suggested roles, be honest. This way, you can build mutual trust. It’s always better to say no to a role that fundamentally doesn’t interest you at the start of the process, rather than persevering just to eventually cancel an interview with half an hour to spare (or ghost the recruiter altogether!)

Unsuccessful on this occasion? You’ll stay in touch

Let’s say you work with a recruiter – the first interview goes well, but you fall at the final hurdle and ultimately miss out on the role. There’s a silver lining to be had here – rather than fully going back to square one, your CV will still be on the system, part of a curated database of contacts. You have that connection with the agency and recruiter now, and your resume will resurface when future openings and opportunities arise.

Are you a specialist in your field? Put your trust in an industry-specific recruitment agency

If you’re a worker with a specialist skillset, we highly recommend you work with a specialist recruitment agency. 

Recruitment firms with a focus on a specific sector (ours is sustainability and renewable energy) will have extensive knowledge and experience, better connections and a stronger reputation. Recruiters at such agencies will have access to high-level positions in your field, and can best advise you on where your skills will be best placed.

They’re more likely to have the following insights:

  • Industry knowledge of who is hiring, restructuring or freezing recruitment 
  • Benchmarks of salary/package in that field – is your salary in line with the market rate and are the responsibilities similar to those of other companies?
  • Workplace culture in the industry or specific organisation – for example, what’s their approach to hybrid or remote working? How do your employer’s policies compare to other organisations in the sector?

 

Searching for work in renewable energy or sustainability? Our experienced recruitment specialists are here to help

Whether you are looking for that next step in your career, greater flexibility to work from home, changing industry sectors or just seeking a change of scenery, our experienced team of recruiters can provide you with support and insight, alleviating the pain points of the job searching process. Get in touch today!
 

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