Using a recruitment consultancy to find a job is incredibly common as it enables you to work with an expert, experienced in representing candidates to employers, who can understand your strengths and career aspirations and guide you through the recruitment process. Recruitment consultancies are also a great option to potentially save time in your job search and make the recruitment process easier and more efficient for you. Here are some tips on how to get the most from your recruiter.
1. Think about which recruitment consultancy will best suit your needs
There are lots of recruitment consultancies out there to choose from and it can be difficult to know which ones to use in your job search. Do some research on relevant recruitment consultancies when you start your job search by searching online or discussing with people in your network that may have helpful recommendations. It is always advisable to find recruitment consultancies that specialise in your desired industry or job function, as they will have more comprehensive knowledge of your specific field. There are dedicated recruitment consultancies for every job function, sector and even location you can think of, so it’s worth signing up to the relevant recruitment agencies that specialise in your area of expertise or job preferences.
2. Know what you want
While it’s great to be flexible, it is vital to have a clear idea of what you’re looking for and what requirements you have for potential job opportunities. If you don’t know what you want, a recruiter won’t either. Here are some questions to consider before you speak to a recruitment consultant:
- What industry or sector are you looking to work in?
- What kinds of roles are you interested in? Does job title matter to you?
- Do you want to continue on your current career trajectory or are you looking to make a change?
- How far are you willing to travel? Are you willing to relocate for the right role?
- Do you prefer permanent work, or could you do interim work or fixed term contracts?
- What is the minimum salary you would consider? Would you work for a day rate or hourly rate?
- Do you require part-time work, flexible working or home-working?
3. Give your recruiter as much information as possible
The more information you equip a recruiter with, the better they will be able to cater to your needs. Particularly, keeping your recruitment consultant filled in regarding your availability and how to contact you can prevent you missing out on great opportunities, especially with interim or contract positions. Here is a list of things that may be useful to tell your recruitment consultant:
- The best way to reach you at different times of the day
- Any upcoming holidays or unchangeable plans that may clash with potential interviews or meetings
- Any interviews you have already arranged through other agencies or with organisations directly
- Reasons for any lengthy career breaks you’ve taken or gaps in your CV
- Relevant skills, qualifications, achievements or experience not on your CV
4. Communicate with your recruitment consultancy regularly
It is beneficial to make sure you’re at the forefront of your recruiter’s mind, so they will think of you when new positions become available. While it’s not advisable to call your recruitment consultant daily, keeping in touch with them via email about active applications and new roles will mean you can stay up-to-date on new job opportunities and positions you’ve been submitted for. It may be advisable to arrange to meet them in person when you first sign up with a recruitment consultancy, so you’re officially registered with them and have a chance to show them your capabilities. This will also enable you to give the recruitment consultant a better insight into your skills, experience and career aspirations, so that they can match you with a role or organisation you can flourish in.
5. Ask questions
Recruitment consultants are there to act as an expert on the recruitment process and their specialist industry. They will have reviewed hundreds of CVs, job applications and held many interviews during their career, and it is their job to be able to represent candidates positively and effectively. This makes them the perfect person to ask if you need any advice on optimising your CV, improving your interview technique or which roles your skills, interests and work experience are best suited to. They are happy to help with any queries or uncertainties you may have with your job search.
6. Be realistic
While recruitment consultants can help you to find a job more quickly and effectively, it is important to remember that you need to be realistic about finding the right role for you. Depending on your circumstances, experience and job requirements, finding a job can still be a long an arduous process and you can’t expect results overnight. Securing a great role that fits your needs and interests can take time, so it is always key to be both patient and proactive in your search.
If you’re looking to develop your career, want to make a change or simply want to see what job opportunities are out there, contact one of our consultants at Morgan Law or look at our current job vacancies.