Benefits of Working with Job Recruiters
Finding the right recruiter can be an excellent way of finding the right job for you. You will need to shop around, however, to find someone who can provide the best service for your needs.
Finding a recruiter
Recruiters can be excellent passive job hunting assets. They work on
commission, so it's in their interest to find you a good job. Finding a
recruiter can involve some research.
You will need:
- A recruiter who specializes in your line of work: This is very important, because some recruiters work in particular sectors of the employment market.
- Clear information regarding fees and services provided: Recruiters provide services on the basis of a service agreement, and you need to know what you're paying for.
If possible, it's advisable to get advice from colleagues in your line of work to help find recruiters. There will usually be several recruiters who have good records of finding employment in your profession, and these are the people you need.
Types of recruiter
Using local recruiters is often a very good idea. They're
convenient, and easy to contact. Local recruiters are experts in the
local job market. They know the local employers in their specialty
area, and have plenty of contacts to investigate job leads.
Major corporate recruiters
They may be a bit more expensive, but they also deal with the better
quality corporate employers. The major corporate recruiters are
particularly good for people in the executive or management areas. Some
are industry specialists, for example working in the finance industry,
banking, or the equity markets. If you're in one of these fields, these
recruiters are probably a better option in terms of finding good jobs
with major employers.
The IT job market is extremely volatile, and very changeable. IT
recruiters are a good option in this highly fluid area of employment.
You won't need to explain your certifications, qualifications and
accreditations to them, which is sometimes a problem for non-specialist
recruiters. Many IT recruiters are also particularly good at finding
jobs at the right level for experienced IT people. Some major
recruiters also work with IT recruitment, but it's advisable to inquire
first, to make sure they can help you.
Industry or sector-specific recruiters
Most industry-specific recruiters are involved in areas like
accountancy, retail, administration, and other major employment
markets. If you're in these fields, they're reliable, consistent
Not sure what sort of recruiter you need?
If you're in an area like technical specialist, sales or trades, you're strongly advised to check with several recruiters before making any commitments.
To find out whether a recruiter can help you, you can save yourself some time and money and ask them to outline their area of specialty:
Ask if they have any jobs in your line of work as a starting point.
This question will provide a simple yes or no answer. If the recruiter
does have related jobs on their books, or had them, you may have found
your recruiter. If not, you can move on and check others.
The second question should ask what sort of jobs they have in your field. The answer will tell you if they'll be able to find the sort of job you want.