Looking for a new job? Tips on how to engage a Recruiter.

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Looking for a new job? Tips on how to engage a Recruiter.

Are you are thinking of moving jobs or making a career change. Where do you start? You can go it alone, start applying for roles online and see what happens OR you could streamline the process and engage with a Recruiter.

Partnering with a Recruiter can be a great career decision, they can really assist you with finding that perfect job.

The following information will give an insight into the benefits of working with a Recruiter, and how to go about finding the right one for you!

It is worth taking the time to chose wisely, as this could be the beginning of an efficient, successful and long-lasting relationship. Choose the right Recruiter and you might even end up with a long-term career advisor.

The benefits of working with a Recruiter

Client Relationships.
Recruiters have long standing relationships with key employers. If you have the right skills and attitude, they can introduce you to the decision makers.

Market Knowledge.
Recruiters have market knowledge. Recruiters communicate and work closely with hiring managers and job seekers all day, every day. Recruiters build a lot of knowledge overtime and can offer great market insights. These insights are especially helpful when working in a speciality area such as digital or media.

Career Advisors.
Recruiters can be great career advisers. Working with many people, over many years, Recruiters can see patterns, see career progression pathways and salary trends. Understanding career progression or career change is not an exact science, experienced Recruiters can advise on current trend information as well as support you through the hiring process.

Time and Efficiency.
It’s an efficient use of your time. We all know the hiring process can be a lengthy one. Recruiters streamline the hiring process, this includes you skipping unnecessary interviews as the Recruiter conducts the preliminary discussions with you directly.

Reduce stress.
Recruiters assist to minimise stress during the hiring process by keeping you informed along the way. Great Recruiters will know the market value of the role, candidate value and are experienced in salary negotiations. Not only can this reduce stress while working through the hiring process, but Recruiters can ensure you know what you are worth.

So where do you start when looking for a Recruiter to partner with?

Firstly, ask around? Word of mouth is a great place to start.

Secondly, look online. LinkedIn and Google can uncover the best Recruitment Agencies in your specialist career area. Looking for a Recruitment Agency doesn’t have to be overwhelming. I would highly recommend looking at smaller specialist Recruitment Agencies (generally lower down the search findings!). In my experience they can deliver a more personalised approach, but they still have the employer connections and networks.

I recommend to look at the Recruitment Agency first, but it’s the Recruitment Consultant or person that you partner with that is the most important.

Start by asking yourself these questions:

-Does this Recruiter have jobs available in my specialist area?

-Do they seem trustworthy and honest?

-Are they respected within their area of expertise?

-When I call or email, do they listen?

-Are they professional, yet give real advice?

Our rule of thumb is; go with your gut. If you get along with the Recruitment Consultant right away, and they are a specialist in your career area, you have found yourself a Recruiter to partner with!

Please feel free to contact us to discuss the next steps in your career, we’d love to hear from you.

Specialists in Digital, Media, Marketing and Sales Recruitment. Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne.