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If you are searching for a new job then there are a variety of routes you can use, from browsing jobs boards to networking on LinkedIn. You can also sign up with some recruitment agencies specialising in your sector, or flexible jobs. Here are a few good reasons why you should work with recruitment agencies.
Recruitment consultants are well-connected. They live on Linkedin and at events so have very well established networks that you can benefit from. As well as being put forward for live vacancies, consultants have access to passive jobs that aren’t otherwise advertised on job boards so your CV can be sent speculatively to a range of employers. By registering with an agency you put yourself ahead of the game and are able to find that unique job that would have been impossible to secure by a google search alone.
Well connected, specialist recruitment consultants have knowledge and insight into market trends, sector development and realistic salary benchmarks which can arm you in your job search and help convert interviews into offers.
When searching for mid-senior level roles, especially on a flexible basis, agencies are your best friend. It is paramount to have contract terms agreed so that both parties are in agreement and nothing can be retracted at a later date. Recruitment agencies deal with these forms of negotiation daily so are best placed to ensure you are protected.
By registering with an experienced, specialist recruiter you will gain insightful market knowledge which will save you a lot of time in your job search. Their employer relations, and therefore knowledge will help you select only the most suitable jobs and you will benefit from not making wasted journeys to interviews for opportunities that aren’t the right fit for you or the employer.
Thanks to the relationship between the agency and the employer, you will get insights into the company culture, the interviewer’s personality and any previous success stories from other applicants through the agency. This knowledge will arm you to be able to give the best interview performance and give you negotiation power too.
As well as advice with CV structure, you will get support with interview technique, insight into the types of questions to expect and a sounding board for second or third stage presentations. As well as social media advice, is your LinkedIn profile as it should be, are you having active conversations in the right places to add credibility to your online persona – all prospective employers will be looking! These are invaluable resources that can really help you impress at interview stage and receive the offer you wanted.
By having the relationship directly with a prospective employer, you are unlikely to get candid feedback. However, when there is a recruitment consultant in the middle you will get constructive and honest feedback. It’s human nature for it to be this way, it’s always easier to be honest about someone to a third party. Should this be reasons as to why you were unsuccessful, you can learn from them and apply them to future interviews.
And we don’t just mean financial. Benefits stretch far greater than just your basic salary and recruitment agencies are best place to help you negotiate the best flexible and remote working packages.
In many cases, candidates find the thought of negotiating a higher salary or benefits package a daunting prospect and what often happens is they either turn the job down or accept the job on a lower package with no prospect of this being reviewed in the future.
By registering with an agency, your consultant will manage the negotiation process confidently on your behalf, making sure to secure you the absolute best deal for you without jeopardising your relationship with your future employer!
As a job seeker, you pay nothing.
WMRecruit offers a fresh, socially responsible recruitment and search service with a focus on sourcing talented executives on a flexible, full or part-time, permanent or contract basis.
Our focus is on finding the right match for your recruitment requirements, quickly and efficiently.