As a recruiter, I’m interested in learning about people’s professional work. I want to learn about their work experience and career interests, as well as assist in identifying new job opportunities to help grow their careers. For the past 10+ years, I have specialized in Information Technology recruitment. As I introduce myself to IT professionals, I often get a common question as to “Why should I work with a recruiter when I have access to multiple online job boards and can apply on my own?”.
Well, there are ten great answers to why you should work with a recruiter.
10. Meet Your New Best Friend
Seriously, establishing a relationship with a recruiter (whether you are ready for a job change now or in the future) is beneficial to you. Your recruiter can give you valuable insight on the job market and access to unpublished openings that are not posted on job boards and company websites. Your recruiter can also offer advice if now is the best time to make a move or if it’s best to stay in your current job for the moment.
9. Stand Out in a Crowd
Your recruiter will review your resume and offer suggestions on ways to improve it so that it’s easy to read and has the information that hiring managers want to learn about you. Your recruiter will also prepare you for interviews by providing information about the position that you can’t learn from a job description or job posting. They will tell you about the hiring manager’s personality, the culture of the company, and the work environment, allowing you to effectively communicate with the manager and share your experience that ensures you stand out among other applicants.
8. Avoid “Overexposure”
Hiring managers prefer “exclusive” candidates to fill their open positions. When they see a resume through a job board or through multiple agencies, their impression is that the candidate may not be very valuable. By working through one recruiter or agency you become an “exclusive” candidate and more interesting to hiring managers.
7. Your Recruiter Has a Specialized Network – Allow Them to Use It
By working with a recruiter that is specialized in your career field, you’ll have access to multiple companies and hiring managers looking for your skills and experience. Your recruiter can quickly send your resume (with your permission of course) to their clients for consideration.
6. Avoid the “Black Hole”
When you work with your recruiter, your resume is sent directly to a hiring manager for consideration, where you will be one of a few candidates being considered for the position. If you apply to a company’s website directly, your application may wind up in a very large stack of applications, otherwise known as “the black hole”, that may take days or even weeks to be reviewed by the company’s HR Department.
5. Your Recruiter Keeps the Hiring Process Moving
Your recruiter keeps the hiring process moving by checking on your status often. Receiving feedback quickly is important so you know if you’re still being considered. Your recruiter coordinates your interviews and encourages the hiring managers to free up their time to schedule your interview quickly. Recruiters also follow up with the managers after the interviews to request feedback and establish next steps for candidates—hopefully hearing an offer is soon to be extended!
4. Contract, Contract to Hire, and Direct Hire Opportunities
Your recruiter will have access to multiple types of job opportunities! Companies may need contract, contract-to-hire, or direct hire resources. Depending on your level of experience and the type of position you’re seeking, we will help you determine which options you should consider.
3. Responding to the Salary Question
Your recruiter knows your value! They are aware of the current market rate for your skills and target salary ranges for their open positions. They can also make recommendations on what new skills to learn to increase your compensation.
2. Recruiting Services Are FREE
Employers pay recruiters to find top talent for their organizations. There is NO COST to candidates for all the services a recruiter provides to you (job market information, resume preparation, interview coaching, salary negotiation etc.).
1. Your Current Employer Won’t Find Out You Are Exploring New Opportunities
When you place your resume on job boards, you run the risk of your current employer finding your resume online. Ouch! Not to mention, having multiple recruiters calling you and calling you and calling you. By working with one recruiter, you keep your job search confidential and maintain control of your resume.
As you can see, working with a recruiter is very beneficial to successfully finding your next job! At Aureus Group, we specialize in Information Technology, Finance & Accounting, Executive Search, and Healthcare Leadership staffing. Give us a call today at 888.239.5993 so we can learn more about your background and career goals.
Renee Fox, Sr. IT Recruiter Renee is a Senior IT Recruiter for Aureus Group and has been in the staffing industry for the past 20 years. While she has resided in Omaha, NE most of her life, she has had the opportunity to recruit for companies across the United States, interviewing and hiring thousands of people for all types of roles. As a Sr. Technical Recruiter, she recruits IT/IS (Hardware/Infrastructure/Software) professionals and is responsible for sourcing, screening, and interviewing top candidates for contract, contract to hire, and full-time job opportunities.
She also has her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.