There are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding the field of recruiting. The recruiting methods of the past have muddied the waters around a field that has advanced significantly with the aid of technology. To help you cast off your preconceived notions about recruiters, we’ve put together a list to demonstrate what recruiters have that can help your job search.
- 1. Market temperature -- If you’ve been in your job for awhile or have just recently left it, you probably won’t know whether your industry is hot or cold when it comes to hiring. A recruiter will know the hiring market better. You can use this knowledge to help you better navigate the job market.
- 2. Extensive network -- No matter how large your network is, it’s almost guaranteed a recruiter’s network is larger. A skilled recruiter in your industry has spent many years working with and getting to know companies in your industry. Leverage the recruiter’s network to your advantage.
- 3. Company familiarity -- In conjunction with their extensive networks, recruiters have built more than just surface relationships with companies. They have in-depth knowledge of the culture of each of the companies they have relationships with. Whether you want to know dress expectations or what the hiring manager is like, the recruiter is your source of information.
- 4. Insider knowledge --Companies often give recruiters first access to job descriptions before they go out to job boards and other public places. When you work with a recruiter, you get that same early access. The recruiter will know what jobs you make a good candidate for and will keep you in mind when they get these job descriptions.
- 5. Resume spread -- If you’re looking to find a job in another area or state, getting in a recruiter’s database lets you be ‘present’ without physically being in the area. Jobs that would otherwise be unknown to you in your target area open up when you work with a recruiter.
If you’re still not sold on working with a recruiter, consider this: recruiters have spent years building relationships and learning the ins and outs of the hiring market. They know how companies want candidate resumes and cover letters formatted, what job skills they weight higher than others. Having a recruiter on your side means that when they find a position that fits you, they will leverage the trust the company has in them to get you in front of the right eyes.
They have years of experience placing candidates like you to back their expertise and advice. It benefits you to leverage those years of experience for yourself.