Putting Recruitment Agencies to Work for You - Career Advice
Whether you are looking to develop a new career path or you already have considerable experience under your belt, recruitment agencies can be a very useful tool in your job search.
Why Use a Recruitment Agency?
What a lot of job seekers do not realise is that using the services of a recruitment agency doesn’t cost them a thing; it is the client who pays an agency to help them recruit and select the most qualified candidates. At no cost to you, recruitment agencies can be a very useful avenue to finding a great job.
They have access to a wide variety of job opportunities, from general labour to executive, as well as a multitude of different position types, from contract employment to permanent placements. By browsing the websites of various recruitment agencies you can determine what types of positions they offer and if they can help you meet your objectives.
The goal of a recruitment consultant is to place you in the right role for you. It is their responsibility to direct and support you in your job search. By understanding your relevant skills and experience and by determining what exactly it is you are looking for in a job, a recruitment agency can help you find your fit in the job market.
Get the Most Out of Your Experience
There are plenty of stories about candidates who start their first day on the job expecting one thing and finding something else. If you work with a recruiter and secure an interview with a client, it is important to confirm everything that you have been told. Sometimes the recruiter is dealing with HR who is dealing with a Hiring Manager, and so on, so there is always the possibility that the message could be changed or misunderstood along the way. Candidates going for an interview needs to be sure to take some of the responsibility in the process.
Prior to the interview, it is important to stay actively involved in the process. Here are a few helpful tips:
Utilise the Expertise of the Recruiter
Try to understand what exactly it is you are looking for in a job and be sure to ask questions. Ask if your resume meets the position critera. Is there anything you could do to help clarify your skills and experience? Ask about transferable skills. Recruitment agencies often deal with many different types of companies and roles. What other industries or positions could they recommend? Make sure you are proactive and follow up.
Writing your own elevator pitch will not only help your recruiter to position you appropriately but will also be valuable when you are trying to sell yourself in an interview. Know how to pitch yourself. You have to know your greatest assets and your weaknesses.
In order for a recruitment consultant to place you in a well-suited position it’s important that you be honest about your expectations and experience. The more honest you are the better equipped a recruitment agency is to find a role for you. Remember, you should try to develop a rapport with the recruiter just as you would in an interview. The recruiter needs to feel confident about you, as they are presenting you to their client.
The Benefits of Drake
Founded in 1951, Drake International specialises in maximising the performance of your human capital. Where Drake adds value is in our desire to do more for our job seekers. We go that extra mile by ensuring that our candidates are achieving their goals and have the tools to be the top performers in the marketplace. We are always here to offer advice and to support you in your career growth and skills development.
Our ultimate goal is to find you the right job now, while establishing a long- term relationship for the future. We try to create an ongoing partnership, where we can assist you throughout the evolution of your career. We want you to see Drake as a resource that can help you secure the great positions that you want—a true career partner.
Want more tips and advice when it comes to job hunting? Explore our other job seeking tips on our Job Seeker Career Advice page.
Looking for more information on developing your personal brand? Contact Drake today on 13 14 48 or visit us at au.drakeintl.com.