Finding the right recruiter for you
Every job market is unique and in order to gain the most out of your job search, working alongside a specialised recruiter can be your ticket to success. Just as you may use a mechanic to help you with your car or a plumber to help stop your leaking tap, an expert recruiter can help you find a new job that matches your requirements. Best of all, it’s completely free for you to use. Even if they find you a job, you will never have to pay a penny because the employer pays the recruiter.
In order to find the best recruitment consultant the first thing you need to do is spend some time researching recruiters in your sector. For example, if you are a senior engine design specialist or construction expert, you need to align yourself with technical, power generation, automotive or aerospace recruiters who specialise in senior technical and construction positions. There is no point in wasting time speaking to recruiters who do not specialise in your sector and they are likely to be offish with you. If you wish to work for a large multinational company, you will need to find recruiters who have these contacts. Look for specialist recruiter-often freelance agents are used by very large companies as their “ace card” finding the hard to find and they are on the lookout for candidates like you. Look at a recruiter’s Website, what type of jobs are they advertising? If the posted jobs appeal to you then get in touch.
How can I begin to find a recruiter who can help me?
Creating a LinkedIn profile and networking is the best way forward. Once you have a professional LinkedIn profile that highlights your experience, achievements, skills and expertise, you can begin to network and research recruiters in your field. Typically, most recruitment firms are listed on LinkedIn and you can search within their company profiles to find individual recruiters. Spend some time on your profile-recruiters judge you on it and have to pay to send you an Inmail, they won’t contact you if the profile is poor.
How do I know if a certain recruitment agent is right for me?
Building up trust and rapport with your recruiter is vital to success. Many people send their resume blindly to a recruitment company and wonder why no one calls them back. In order to have the recruiter searching for jobs on your behalf (remember recruiters don’t get paid until they place you) they need to know that you’re serious about the job search. Be upfront with your consultant and tell them about the types of roles you require and the companies you want to work for. If you can provide a recruiter with all the information that they require they will be able to work as best as they can on your behalf. Remember, a recruiter could have your CV in front of the right person at a company of your dreams within minutes-it could take you months!
Finding the right recruiter can certainly help you in your job search. Having someone with inside knowledge will increase your odds of finding a new job. Nourish the relationship with your recruiter-it is a two way street. Respond to requests for information quickly and honestly and the recruiter will bend over backwards to help you…