Looking for a new job can feel like a full-time job in itself - especially when you’re searching through job vacancies and contacting employers by yourself. Engaging a recruitment agency to support your search could make the task much easier and help you to land your dream job.
Some of the ways you could benefit by using a recruitment agency are:
Many recruitment agencies (specifically those that specialise in just a few sectors) will have greater knowledge and insight into the jobs market, which can prove to be invaluable during your job search.
Because they are working directly with employers in your sector on a daily basis, your recruitment consultant will know which areas of the sector are currently offering the best career opportunities. This will enable them to help you identify suitable vacancies that you might not have initially thought to apply for.
Your recruitment agency will also have existing relationships with both local and leading companies in your sector, so will have a deeper understanding of what these companies will be looking for in a candidate.
Often, recruitment agencies have access to more detailed job descriptions than you might find when searching through vacancy listings on your own, so they will have a better understanding of what exactly the job entails, and the characteristics that the hiring company is looking for in a successful candidate.
Your consultant will also get to know you, your skills and work experience to recommend the vacancies that are the most relevant and suited to you. They will also take into consideration the kinds of companies you work best in, or are aspiring to move into, and match you with roles that align with these.
Once you’ve found a job you want to apply for, tailoring your CV to fit the job description, completing an application form and preparing for interviews can be daunting tasks - especially if you haven’t applied for a new job in a while.
A great recruitment agency will be able to offer support for improving your CV and give advice for how to prepare for your job interviews to give you the best chance at success. And, again, because your consultant will have a better understanding of what employers are looking for, they can offer real practicable advice that will enhance your chance of being offered the job.
One of the main benefits of using a recruitment agency to find a job, however, is that they will manage the process on your behalf and relieve some of the workload.
When you apply for a job through a recruitment specialist, you will often have the option to apply for specific vacancies, or as an open / more speculative application, where the agency will look for suitable jobs on your behalf.
Your consultant will identify potential roles, send off your CV and organise interviews for you. And if you’re offered a job, they will liaise with the employer to negotiate the job offer to make sure it’s right for you. They will also be able to follow up on pending applications to take away some of the hard work and allow you to focus on making your applications the best they can be.
Finding your new job doesn’t need to be stressful. Working with your recruitment consultant to target roles that are best suited to your skills and experience will make the task easier and improve your chances of a successful job search.
XCL are experts at helping our candidates find their ideal jobs. Specialising in the construction, automotive, engineering, production and office & commercial sectors, we can help you find the best vacancies in the companies that are right for you.
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