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How to find your next job using a recruiter

How to find your next job using a recruiter


When planning your next job move, there are many channels available to help you, from online job sites and referrals through your network to social media platforms. But have you ever thought about engaging a professional recruiter? An expert consultant who understands your profession and the sector you work in and who has an intimate understanding of the recruitment process could be just the right person to help you make a breakthrough in your job hunt.

A recruiter will know where your skills are most applicable to the potential job. They are also be able to provide you with advice on how to strengthen your CV or remedy any gaps in your industry knowledge. Yet although there are many things that expert recruiters can do to make your job hunting experience more positive, candidates also need to know how to best utilise the services of a recruiter. In order to maximize the benefits of working with a recruiter in your next job search to enhance your chance of employment success, here are five top tips about what to do and what to avoid.


Build a relationship

They key to maximizing the expertise of a recruiter is to build a strong relationship through which they can understand in depth your skills, experience and expectations. They do more than share your resume with the appropriate companies. They're also your greatest advocates when discussing your unique talents with hiring managers. The more closely you work together with a recruiter the better the chances of identifying the jobs that you’re best suited for.

It is also important to understand the role of a recruiter. They always aim for a “win-win” situation for candidates and clients. They are expected to provide an impressive shortlist of candidates who meet the criteria the vacancy requires. Sometimes, for reasons outside of their control, not all suitable candidates can be submitted. Even if you are not successful when applying for your first role with a recruiter, a good consultant will remember you when other relevant roles come along.

Building a good relationship also has long term benefits. A recruiter who has successfully placed you in a role, will keep in touch with you throughout your career. So when a good position opens up or you decide you want a change, you are well placed to capture those opportunities.


Be clear about your career goals

Only you know your own career goals or job expectations. Do not expect a recruiter to be your career planner. If you are not sure of what you want from your next job, using a recruitment agency may not necessarily be helpful. Once you are clear, reach out and start the conversation. 

One of the most valuable aspects of working with a recruitment consultant is that they can represent you with the companies you are interested in working with. This is especially helpful if you have something unusual in your CV that may need to be explained to the prospective employer. Consultants have the skills and experience to be able to sell you above the other candidates and upon offer, negotiate the best package on your behalf. But they can only do this if they are carefully targeting the right candidates to the right roles.


Do not take tough feedback personally

Expert consultants view hundreds of CVs in a week, so they know what makes a good resume. Given this experience, they may suggest improvements to your resume if you’re being matched with a job you are interested in. The advice given is professional and focused on supporting your career objectives. As the application process progresses, you may be connected to a consultant for a face to face meeting. At this stage, your consultant could also give you feedback on your interview technique. If you have not been to an interview for a long period of time, you may be provided with pre-interview coaching to improve your chances of landing the job.

If you are not the successful candidate for the job you applied for, a recruiter will source feedback from the company as to why you were not selected. Nobody likes to be turned down, or to hear that their perceived strengths are not equally valued by others, but don’t take it personally. Listening to constructive feedback will prepare you better for that next job opportunity.


Be transparent about your job search

Always keep your recruiter informed as to which jobs appeal to you and which do not. You may be offered the chance to interview for a variety of positions, but never go to an interview to make your recruiter happy. This will only potentially create awkward situations. Also be upfront with your consultant about your salary and benefit expectations throughout the negotiation process. This will avoid misunderstandings when speaking with employers. Honesty is the best approach to let your recruiter know better what roles and companies work best for you.


Work with a trusted recruiter

Amongst jobseekers there is a common misconception that recruitment agencies charge a fee to the candidate. A specialist recruitment firm never asks a candidate to pay. Remember, when working with recruiters, always seek out trusted sources. If you are speaking with a “recruiter” who promises you a job, a visa or all the paper work for a fee, this could well be an online scam. By being cautious, you can avoid trapping yourself in an unwanted situation.

A professional and trustworthy recruiter can be a valuable ally in your next job move. Hays’ recruiters are established experts in this field. They understand the special terminology of your industry, how your particular job works and where your skills are most suited for your next career move. They are also able to advise you on your salary level against the market value. With the right recruitment partner, you could well be on the way to securing that next job.