Hunt for a good recruiter, before hunting for a job

Why on-board a recruiter when moving jobs?

You want a new job; something more challenging, a step up the career ladder, an industry switch. You upload your CV to some well-known job boards, create your profile and start your search. Anyone who has job hunted in recent years will be familiar with the problems; you apply for vacancy after vacancy, and receive no more than an acknowledgement email. But do you know why?

Robert Meier, President of Job Market Experts states that “98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial screening and only the top 2% of candidates make it to the interview”. So, as a job seeker how can a good recruiter help you move into the top 2%?

Your chances are on the up

Working with a good recruiter increases your chances of getting to the interview stage and beyond. How?

  1. Client relationships

    A good recruiter will have grounded, solid relationships with their clients and they will be trusted by their clients to supply the most appropriate candidates. They will be able to give you a good insight into the company culture and ethos. Having a good understanding of the company prior to interview means that you can make a decision on whether the company is right for you, not just the role. A strong relationship also ensures that the requirements outlined in the job specification are genuine and qualified. Matching yourself to those requirements improves your chances of successful application, interview and, hopefully, offer.


  2. Deep Understanding

    A good recruiter will know everything about the role, not just what has been included in the job specification. Occasionally companies overlook certain responsibilities of a job role. A recruiter will be able to identify any gaps in the job description and also inform you of any future projects that the role might include. A good recruiter will give you the full picture of the role and this information can help you qualify the job.


  3. Help you exit

    A good recruiter has given you all the information needed to qualify the role, coached you to interview and helped you secure the vacancy. Now you need to gracefully exit your current role without rocking the boat. After all, you are going to want a reference. A good recruiter will be able to coach you through the process, advising you when is the best time to resign whilst ensuring that you keep a good relationship with your previous company.

Utilising a good recruiter can improve your chances of getting a job, by getting you in that top 2%. You can use their advice to grow your skills, as well as your career. Using a good recruiter will ensure that your job hunting experience is a positive and rewarding one.


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Comment by Katrina Kibben on March 23, 2016 at 11:31am

I don't know if I necessarily agree with this approach but at the same time, it kind of makes sense. Have you ever tried this yourself? 

Comment by Kerry Clifton on March 29, 2016 at 3:57am

Hi Katrina I have previously got in touch with some good recruitment consultants prior to job hunting, and have found it beneficial when moving jobs in a specialist area.


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