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How to use a recruitment agency to find a job
The time and effort it takes to find a job can be an overwhelming experience and process, especially when you’ve been searching for a few months and haven’t had any breakthroughs. But what if someone else could manage this on your behalf?
This is where recruitment agencies play an important role.
Lots of job-seekers choose to look for jobs on their own but few know how to tap into the expertise and network of recruitment agencies who are essentially the conduit for bringing together the best employers and brightest candidates. The role of a recruitment agency revolves around working with employers and job seekers to facilitate a successful job match. In short, recruitment agencies can be your key to unlocking great job opportunities.
How do recruitment agencies work?
In order to be successful in your job search when using a recruiter, it’s crucial to understand how recruitment agencies work. They were first known as employment agencies with the aim of matching employers to employees, so think of them as a partner in your search. They’ll not only connect you with prospective employers but additionally, can act as a guide, help you to refine and write a more targeted resume, endorse you to employers, and provide advice on your career path.
After submitting your CV or applying to jobs on their website, recruiters will contact you if there is a suitable match and potential job opportunity. Additionally, recruiters may reach out to arrange a preliminary face-to-face interview to go through what your career aspirations and motivations are, and where you fit into an organisation for your current role. Once they successfully match you to a job, they may provide interview coaching to prepare you for this next stage. When working with a recruitment agency, you can be assured that someone is following up on your application.
One thing to note is that you have the ability to work with a recruiter whom you can build rapport with.
You might need to spend some time connecting with a few recruiters so that you can essentially interview them: how long have they been with the company for, and how do they usually market candidate resumes and present it to potential employers? These are all valid questions. Asking your colleagues, friends and acquaintances for any recruiter recommendations could also score you a few solid referrals. While there’s no harm in connecting with more than one recruiter, ensure they are not submitting you for the same job, for example.
Working with a recruiter is a two-way street. You’ll need to build a good professional relationship with whoever you end up working with. This includes helping recruiters help you by making yourself employable by completing basic tasks such as updating your CV or cleaning up your LinkedIn profile. You should also try to be flexible with interview dates and times.
Get the most out of a recruitment agency
There are many reasons why those searching for jobs apply through a recruitment agency, but the main reason is because they can tap into the wealth of experience recruitment agencies have from working with companies across different industries and sectors. For example, recruiters often specialise in job functions covering accounting and finance, engineering and manufacturing, human resources, information technology, marketing, and procurement and supply chain. Furthermore, they may have roles that aren’t advertised on job boards or other external websites.
Besides obtaining invaluable information about the job market and possible career pathways that may not be obvious to other job seekers, you can also get insight into the specific hiring requirements that are not listed nor obvious in job advertisements. This will really prepare you for the job interview with a prospective employer and increase your chance of getting hired.
Finally, be honest with the recruiter and utilise their expertise. Before your first meeting, try to identify what it is you’re looking for in a job and ask lots of specific questions. Plus, the more honest you are, the better they will understand you and be able to help you find the best match.
Start your job-hunt now
Most recruiters are open to connecting via LinkedIn or through word of mouth recommendations. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them as they are constantly seeking out potential candidates.
Looking for a career change? Michael Page’s Auckland team has been matching professionals with Auckland jobs since 2008. Our experience in the Auckland jobs markets means we have strong knowledge of the challenges and opportunities for both job seekers and hiring managers.
To get in touch with one of our specialist recruiters, contact Michael Page today.