I’ve heard a lot of negative things about pushy recruiters pressuring people into job interviews they don’t really want or that they’re not really suitable for.
As a recent graduate I have started receiving lots of emails from recruiters and I was wondering what are the benefits of finding a job through these agencies?
The great thing about recruiters is that they have an interest to help you find a job. So they can do a piece of the jobhunting work for you! Manage the contact with the employer and give you advice.
A lot of companies make use of recruiters to help fill vacancies, so signing up to a couple of local or industry related recruiters could mean they contact you with interesting jobs. Have a search online and I’m sure you’ll find some good recruitment agencies.
I believe it’s important to communicate honestly and openly to recruiters that contact you. Be clear about your profile and what you are looking for. A good recruiter will understand what skills you possess and if you are a good match the vacancy.
Good luck on your (first) job hunt!
The good thing is, you will never have to pay to use a recruiter. You can have several on the go hunting for the best job that fits you. Also, most recruiters get paid when they get you work so they will usually work extra hard to get you that job!
It’s also really time efficient as they will work as much as it is needed to get you hired somewhere – whereas you may be limited to the amount of minutes / hours you have per day to job hunt.
My advice would be to not give up looking for jobs yourself, but DO take advantage of recruiters! Using multiple recruiters will also really show what you are worth and if you ever feel like they are underselling you, just drop them!
Most people end up using a recruiter because they applied to a job where a recruiter was representing a company. However, there are a few reasons to use a recruiter:
– Find out more about the job – if the recruiter does not know, ask them to enquire from their client (company).
– Sometimes, the ability to speak to the actual hiring manager, albeit indirectly.
– A recruiter should fix up and polish your CV, and prepare you well for each individual interview.
– Importantly, if the recruiter is a good negotiator, the ability to get a better salary package if you are the chosen candidate.
By having a trusted third party in between yourself and the company you are interviewing at, you can be in a better position. This entirely depends on whether the recruiter is good at what they do, however.
I’d say the main benefits are that the recruiter may have access to jobs that aren’t being publicly advertised, and they may be able to help you in other ways.
It can be pretty helpful to have someone to speak with and even if you are not right for the job they may be able to give you useful feedback such as pointing out skills gaps or maybe giving you a reality check that the role you are applying for is really to senior/junior for you.
Always keep in mind of course that recruiters are paid by the employer and their personal objective is to fill the vacancy (even if this is not in the best interest of the candidate).