The Pros and Cons of Using a Recruiter to Find a Job
The job search can be challenging at times. If you’ve been looking for a while, you may start to wonder about using recruiters.
Someone whose job is to find you a job?
To job seekers, this sounds like a dream come true.
Okay, hold up.
Read this before you go out and contact recruiters – there are some things you need to know first.
Pros of Using Recruiting Agencies
You'll get access to unique job openings
Often, when companies have a job opening, they won’t post it on public job boards. After all, recruiters exist to save hiring managers from poring through piles of resumes. So, there are some job opportunities that you can only access through a recruiter.
They're only paid if you're successful
Because recruitment agencies work on commission from hiring companies, they’re invested in placing you in the right job. Payment structures now are often arranged so that recruiters are only paid once you’ve been settled in the new job for a couple of months. For this reason, recruiters pursue outcomes aggressively.
You might get some brilliant career advice
Specialist recruiters are very knowledgeable about their field, and they know the ins and outs of the hiring process in your industry. As verified CV wizards, they can often transform a lacklustre resume into a dazzling document, and give you expert coaching on how to behave in the job interview.
You can save a lot of time
A great recruiter can reduce the amount of time you spend in the recruitment process since they pre-filter companies and candidates that will fit each other. So you are matched with the right company, and they get qualified candidates.
Cons of Using Recruiting Agencies
Too many interviews
If the recruiter is desperate to fill a position and close the hiring loop, they may push you into doing too many interviews – which can be exhausting. And you might not even be interested in some of the jobs you’re interviewing for.
Not in your best interests
Again, watch out for desperate recruiters. There’s a dark side of the commission structure. If they’re paid right after they place you, they don’t have a good reason to make sure it’s a good match. You may feel pressured to take a job that’s not quite right.
Hidden salary cost
Recruiters charge companies, not job candidates. However, sometimes recruiters make arrangements with hiring companies to offset business costs. They can negotiate a salary they know is lower than what the candidate is worth, so do your research. Don’t take their word for it if they’re telling you that the salary offer is a good one.
So, who should use recruiters?
Recruitment agencies are generally employed to find talent when it’s difficult for the employer to find the right person. For instance, in an industry with a talent shortage.
The implication of this is that recruiters generally focus on quality candidates with rare, valuable skills and experience.
Career changers and people in entry-level positions probably won’t have much luck with recruitment firms.
You should use a recruiter if you are
Alternately, if you’re a consultant or looking for contract/temporary work, a recruiter who hires explicitly for those positions might be perfect for you.
Tips for working with recruiters
What should you take away from all this?
If you’re in the midst of the job search, it can’t hurt to get in touch with a recruiter or two.
Just don’t count on them to find a job for you, especially if your skills are not exceptionally rare and valuable.
The best strategy is to send them your resume, and then act as if you hadn’t. Continue in the job search. If you hear from the recruiter, think of it as a nice bonus.
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