Finding a new job is never easy, regardless of whether talent is in high demand. First, it takes time to find positions that interest you. Once you do, the interview process sometimes seems to drag on forever. Or perhaps recession concerns have companies you are interested in freezing much of their hiring. No matter what your situation, working with a recruiter to secure your next job has many benefits.
What is the role of a recruiter and staffing agency?
Rather than filter through hundreds or thousands of resumes themselves, companies hire staffing agencies to provide highly qualified candidates. The role of a recruiter and staffing agency is to help companies (clients) find suitable candidates to fill their job openings.
Companies use staffing agencies and recruiters for a variety of reasons, including:
- Access to a larger pool of candidates
- Cost and time-savings (staffing agencies handle the hiring process, including posting job openings, and conducting screenings and interviews)
- Flexibility (staffing agencies can accommodate fluctuating talent needs with temporary, temp-to-perm, and direct placement options)
- Expertise (staffing agencies often specialize in specific industries or job functions)
- Reduced risk (By thoroughly vetting candidates, staffing agencies help reduce the risk of making a bad hire)
Benefits of working with a recruiter
Recruiters do their due diligence and do not put candidates forward for positions unless they are confident the candidate fits the parameters the hiring company has set. They also have working knowledge and relationships at the hiring company which helps them match candidates with the right company culture. Therefore, if a recruiter approaches you for a position, you likely fit the position well. By working with a recruiter, you improve your chances of being selected for an interview and receiving an offer. Other benefits to working with a recruiter include:
1. Access to a wider range of job opportunities
Recruiters often have access to job openings that are not advertised to the public or posted on job boards.
2. Tailored job search
Recruiters can help you find job opportunities that match your skills, experience, and career goals.
3. Insider knowledge
Recruiters form relationships with the companies they recruit for and therefore have insider knowledge about them, their cultures, and their hiring processes. This information can be invaluable in helping you prepare for interviews and negotiate job offers.
4. Resume and interview assistance
Recruiters can provide feedback on your resume and help you prepare for interviews, including providing tips on what to expect and how to answer common interview questions.
5. Time savings
Working with a recruiter can save you time in your job search by taking on the legwork of finding and applying for jobs on your behalf.
A good recruiter will advocate for you with potential employers, highlighting your strengths and qualifications to help you stand out from other candidates. Remember, recruiters and their agencies are often viewed as trusted partners by hiring managers at client companies – these relationships provide extra credibility and consideration to candidates being submitted.
How to connect with a recruiter
There are many ways to connect with recruiters, including via LinkedIn, at job fairs, and by connecting with a recruiting firm or staffing agency. When connecting with an agency, make sure they specialize in your field or industry. For example, The Judge Group specializes in contract/temporary, direct hire, and contract-to-hire staffing for IT, engineering, clinical and non-clinical healthcare, marketing and creative, and manufacturing and supply chain roles across all industries.
To connect with a Judge recruiter, submit your resume to one of our open jobs at https://www.judge.com/jobs. One of our recruiters will contact you if your skills and experience are a match for one of our open positions.
Want to know how best to work with a recruiter? Read our article, “Six Tips for Working with a Recruiter” to ensure you have a great experience.
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