• Lea Allison Rovers

5 reasons to use a recruiter.

Whether you're looking to reenter the workforce after being recently furloughed or leave your current position due to a recent pay cut due to Covid-19, there are many reasons you may be looking for a new career. Maybe all this time being quarantined has made you realize you want something different with your career. Either way; do you really want to go on multiple job boards, search and submit, and wait for somebody to respond on the other end of the massive abyss of job applications. Do you want to sit around watching the phone ring or for an email? We all know that it could take too long and by waiting, it does not feel proactive. Take a more “take charge” approach of your own career is necessary and just feels better than feeling powerless during this time

To make the process easier, and since you may have more time on your hands right now- consider working with a 3rd party recruiter or executive search firm.  When working with a recruiter, you’re not totally alone in your job search. The right recruiter can match you with a job that requires your skills and experiences.

I am sure some of you have been contacted by recruiters from time to time. And in the past it could have seemed annoying. Here are some reasons why working with a recruiter is the best path to helping you find the job you want in a more proactive way.

1. Recruiters can speed up the time it takes you to find a job: How much time do you spend right now looking at Indeed or LinkedIn jobs or any other job board you see daily? How much time do you spend sending resumes to these posted jobs just to be one of thousands of applications that sometimes never even get looked at ? By engaging a recruiter, you lower time to contact with an actual hiring manager. Recruiters spend ALL DAY trying to find candidates for their clients. If you have the skills a recruiter looks for they will sometimes actually market you to companies that you show interest in- AS LONG AS YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY APPLIED ONLINE.

Big tip: do not apply online to the jobs you want before talking to a recruiter in that industry who may either have a relationship with that company and a direct hiring manager OR be able to market you to other companies.

Recruiters get paid by companies to find them candidates- their motivated to help you if you fit the list of skills they want in the industry they work in.

You have other obligations in life that keep you from job seeking. You might work for your current employer until a new opportunity comes up. You could also be in school or taking care of your family. Using a recruiter saves you time on your job search.

2. Recruiters are with you through the entire process. A good recruiter strives to provide the best candidates for their clients. Many will prepare you for the job placement process, from applying to accepting an offer. They also can also help you improve your resume, portfolio, and other applicant documents with their advice. Good recruiters will coach you on interviewing methods. They will coach you and help you with every aspect of the process.

3. Recruiters want to place candidates and their clients pay them, so you do not have to: Recruiters make a living from their clients (the employers you are seeking) when it comes to finding you a job and are naturally more driven to get you hired. For recruiters, your acceptance of a job offer means they get a paycheck, therefore, recruiters are competitive about placing candidates that will satisfy clients. That motivation can only help you in your job search. And the upside: you do not need to pay them. Their clients pay them! If a recruiter tries to charge you then run, they are not a true professional in their field.

4. Your more than just a resume to them: Certain career paths require a unique set of skills. Sometimes, there are fewer qualified candidates than the number of open positions, and sometimes it is opposite: like now. For example, some localities have a hard time filling a specialized sales professional position because it also requires specialized set of IT skills in addition to sales/lead generation skills. If you fall into an industry that requires specialized skills, you will want to use a recruiter. Recruiters know their clients, which means they can identify what kind of candidate fits the client's needs best. They can also give you details about the business that you might not be able to learn from a job description. With a recruiter, you are more likely to cross paths with an employer in need of your unique skills.

5. You stay in a database. Even if you aren't hired for the positions they have open currently or they market you to potential clients and there are not immediate results; you stay in the recruiter's database. Your resume isn't tossed if an offer doesn't happen immediately. Instead, you're kept an actual software system called an " ATS" for future searches they will have and most good recruiters will work their own database before going on to find other new candidates. If you have been easy and cooperative for them to work with, and your skill set is in their industry niche, they will more than likely be reaching out to you again soon for new opportunities they will get in the future. Some of them even have newsletters and will keep you in the loop on open opportunities.

Stay tuned for my article next week on HOW to work with recruiters in the most effective way.

Happy Hunting!

Lea Allison Rovers Sales Headhunter and Owner of Rovers Recruitment

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