Many professionals work under the assumption that recruiters only care about one thing, and one thing alone: to fill vacancies at companies. While it’s true that recruiters are retained by employers, and our ultimate goal is to find talent for open positions, we genuinely want the best for both the company and the candidate.
Like many industries, recruiting works off referrals. While we are hired by employers, we work for both clients and talent. It’s important to us that all decisions are in your best interest. Whether actively searching for your next job or just keeping an eye on what opportunities are out there, here are the top 10 reasons you should work with a recruiter:
1. Discover openings not posted publicly.
Many companies don’t use job boards to list open positions. In fact, a number of employers work exclusively with staffing agencies to fill their vacancies. In other words, the only way to access these jobs is through a recruiter.
2. Connect you with local influencers.
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: It’s not what you know but who. Recruiters have connections at many of the top companies in your city, and these connections have great influence over hiring decisions.
3. Avoid the black hole.
Did you know that each job opening gets an average of 250 resumes? This mean it’s often easy to get lost in the shuffle. But when a recruiter presents you to a company, hiring managers listen. They see it as a reference to your abilities.
4. Refocus your resume to the job.
Most resumes are written as “one-size-fits-all” jobs. And since the recruiter probably helped prepare the job description, he or she can help you use your resume to explain exactly why you’re the best candidate for the role.
5. Prepare you for interviews.
Recruiters have long-standing relationships with their clients, which means they can tell you their likes and dislikes, what sort of questions will be asked, and how to present yourself. You’re guaranteed to put your best foot forward.
6. Minimize stress.
It’s hard to deny that job hunting isn’t stressful — or time consuming, at that. When working with a recruiter, you’re no longer going it alone, which can do wonders for diminishing the stress and pressure that often comes with looking for a new job.
7. Get the money you deserve.
Recruiters know your value. They also have an inkling of the budget for positions — not to mention, the market rate for your level of experience. When the question of salary comes up, your answer should be easy to come by.
8. Search passively.
Sure, you love your current job. But things can change quickly. It’s always smart to keep tabs of what’s out there just in case you need to look for new employment. If you work with a recruiter, you can passively search for a job.
9. Get some free help.
Recruiters are paid by employers, often based on a percentage of your salary — which often works in your favor. They want you to get paid what you’re worth, so they’ll do everything in their power to help you out. And all free of charge to you.
10. Enjoy the process.
Looking for a job should be an exciting time in your career. The focus is all on your future, after all. Recruiters can make the whole process of looking for a job much more enjoyable.
If you’re ready to work with a recruiter yourself, or want to learn more about our services, apply online with Staffmark today. The team at Staffmark would be more than happy to review your work history, pair you with the right recruiter, and start you on the next phase of your career.