Benefits of Using a Recruiter
If you have decided to start looking for a new position, whether you are unhappy with your current company or because it’s just time to make a strategic career move. Having a recruiter from AMR in your corner is a wise choice
There is plenty of reason to work with a recruiter to find your next job…here are just a few.
Recruiters are usually specialists, which mean they’ve got connections and the inside track in a particular industry you’re interested in.
Recruiters often have access to jobs that are “unpublished” which means you may not ever see them on the open market. Companies hire recruiters to fill these roles before making them public to keep the opportunity restricted to pre-qualified candidates.
Once selected by a recruiter for review by the hiring company you’ll be part of a much smaller pool of applicants giving you a leg up in a highly-competitive job market.
Recruiters know their clients. Recruiting firms that have longstanding relationships with their clients likely have influence when it comes to recommending candidates. If you don’t interview well but the recruiter knows you’re a great fit they may be able to help sway the hiring manager.
A good recruiter will always give you feedback from your interview, positive or negative, so you know how to improve the next time around.
Not only can a recruiter give you general interview tips, they can also help prepare you for the specific questions you’ll be asked at any given meeting. They know what to expect from the hiring company better than you ever could. Plus, they will usually give you helpful advice for your job search such as resume tips, interview practice, and suggestions on how to position yourself in the market.
If salary negotiation scares you, count on your recruiter. Since their commission is tied to your salary they have a built-in incentive to get you the highest wage possible for your work. It’s in their best interest to help you put your best foot forward and they also want to place candidates in qualified roles they’ll thrive in.
A good recruiter won’t waste your time (or theirs) sending you on endless interviews or phone screens for jobs they know you won’t get. You can rest assured once you’re moving forward in the hiring process with a recruiter behind you that you’re a serious candidate.
Many people say they enjoy years-long relationships with their recruiter. Even once you’ve been placed in a great position a recruiter who knows your needs and skills can always keep an eye out for you in case another opening pops up.
Confidentiality is key when it comes to recruiting and you can rest assured your recruiter has yours in mind. You’ll worry less about your employer finding out you’re looking if you’ve got someone else running interference.
Recruiters are friendly. They deal with people all day long and it’s their job to help you be the best candidate you can be. Who wouldn’t want someone like that on their side?
If you’re not looking for a permanent position check out ASA, our temporary staffing division. http://www.advstaff.net/jobs.php
A Guide To Working With Recruiters
As part of a well-rounded career search strategy, working with recruiters can be extremely valuable. If you choose to work with a recruiter, or a recruiter seeks you out, follow these top etiquette tips to ensure that you have a smooth, positive, mutually rewarding relationship with your recruiter.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of using an AMR recruiter…and ultimately getting you into a career you are passionate about!
- Send us an updated resume, even if you are not interested in a career move or a specific opportunity at the current time. Having an up-to-date resume on file will make it much more likely that you will be called for future opportunities.
- You need to influence your recruiter and convince them of the benefits you bring and the value you can add to their clients. They need to really believe in you to really ‘sell’ you. Be clear on what you want and what you offer. Understand where you are in your career currently and be specific about your next step. Have an idea about the type of company you're interested in and the scope of the role. The recruiter’s goal is to fill open positions, so the more information you can provide about your non-negotiables and on what you are willing to compromise, the less likely you will be to frustrate a recruiter who has worked very hard on your behalf in positioning you to the wrong company.
- Be Responsive to Recruiter Inquiries. Speed is one of the most critical factors when working with a recruiting firm, especially contingency recruiters. If a recruiter is trying to reach you to discuss an opportunity, he or she will want to talk to you right away and will likely move on to someone else if you are hard to reach.
- Verify and be honest about applying to a position on your own. You may not realize that your recruiter cannot represent once you have applied to a company that they are representing.
- Your recruiter knows their client, the hiring manager and the types of candidates they prefer. Your recruiter will prepare you before each interview by giving you details, tips and resources of the company. Take notes.
- Once you are in the process of working with the recruiter and interviewing with the client employer, don’t contact the employer directly. Trust your recruiter to see you through the process.
- Don’t back out of your commitments once you have agreed to be a candidate. Be sure you’re willing to see the process through.
- Trust the recruiter. In most cases, the recruiter has the experience and wisdom to give you the best advice as you work through your interactions with the client employer.
- Let the recruiter negotiate your compensation package. Not only can you discuss your compensation package with your recruiter and get his or her advice, but the recruiter can present your requests to the employer.
- Be open to contact from the recruiter even after you’ve landed a job. You never know when you might need the recruiter again.
- Serve as a resource to recruiters after you have the job. One of the best ways to ensure a productive relationship with recruiters long into your career is to help them out by recommending top-performing friends and members of your network to them.