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Landing a new job is tough enough, and even more so if you really (really) want that job. Beefing up your portfolio can be an arduous endeavour, especially if you are a mid-career professional who may not have had the chance to upskill or explore new responsibilities in your role.
The job search process can be also complex and painfully drawn-out for job seekers, especially amid the global pandemic when companies are still practising caution with how they spend their budget. It is not uncommon for a typical job hiring process to take about two to six months. To have an efficient job search and make the process easier, consider working with a professional recruiter to get all the help you need.
why use a recruiter’s help?
Well, why not?
Most employers partner with a recruitment agency to support their talent needs. Talent acquisition specialists give employers extended access to a wider pool of skilled talent to secure the best candidate who has the best job fit, boss fit and culture fit. So in a way, when you work with a recruiter, you’ll also get access to a wider range of employers that are looking to hire.
Seeing how competitive the job market is nowadays, you would need all the help you can get, and there’s never been a better time to get an expert in your corner. Linking up with a specialist recruiter or executive headhunter will increase your chances of landing your dream role in more ways than one.
Read on to find out why exactly you should work with a recruitment specialist to help you in your journey to secure your ideal job.
1. a specialist recruiter knows your industry like the back of their hand
Recruitment consultants are strategic industry insiders. They are well-versed in your industry lingo and familiar with the job requirements of your potential employers. They also speak to other people with profiles that are similar to yours and how you stack rank against them.
Deeply specialised in fields such as accounting, financial services and technology, recruiters have a finger (or two) on the pulse of your industry. They can easily connect you to some of the best employers they are working with.
Since recruitment specialists are well-versed in the technical requirements and personal expectations for the roles that you are interested in applying for, they can offer accurate insight into your potential job fit. They can also be of big help in providing you with ideas to remedy any skills gaps, improve your resume and fully prepare you for an upcoming job interview.
With ample knowledge of the ins and outs of the business, recruitment consultants can also keep you informed of the latest labour market updates. This way, you’ll be better placed to optimise your resume and increase your chances of clinching an interview opportunity. You’ll also be well-prepared to wow your interviewers with your in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges of the hiring company and industry.
2. specialist recruitment agencies actively cultivate strong (and often exclusive) relationships with industry-leading businesses
Little do job seekers know, not all jobs are advertised publicly or can be found online. In fact, a good number of job openings are exclusive for a very short window. Your specialist recruitment consultant has cultivated strong and lasting relationships with top players in your desired industry and is often privy to jobs that may not have been posted on job portals just yet. Working with a recruiter will give you exclusive access to an impressive network of attractive employers and better yet, job opportunities for you to realise your career aspirations.
Recruitment consultants act as your personal brand ambassador and use their extensive networks to promote your resume and cover letter to key organisations that you want to work with. If you are deemed competent, your dream firm might even create a role just for you!
3. recruitment consultants can help reduce the number of times your referees are contacted
Many employers will request details for at least one referee, especially towards the end of the interview process to ascertain your character and work ethics. Imagine applying to five different companies and each of them having to call up your previous managers. This is extremely time-consuming for not only your potential employer but also your referees!
You can breathe easy with a recruitment specialist by your side. Your specialist recruiter will simply get in touch with your referees once and provide the same referral details to each of the prospective employers you are keen to work with. This helps cut downtime, resources and the need to follow up with each and every one of your target employers. By extension, this will help quicken your job screening process.
4. recruitment specialists can offer you salary advice based on benchmarking within the industry
Since your specialist recruitment consultant works exclusively within your chosen industry, it stands to reason that they are armed with in-depth knowledge on the salary benchmarks and benefits you can expect from new roles. With their expertise, they can also provide insightful advice on what you would need to do to secure a higher wage.
The best part about working with a dedicated recruiter is having the upper hand when it comes to sealing the deal with the best possible outcome. As a key player in the employment market, our recruiters are equipped with data-backed and real-time salary insights to know if you're fairly remunerated, so you can trust them to drive contract and salary negotiations on your behalf and ensure that both your and the employer’s expectations are met.
5. recruiters are in constant contact with employers within your industry
Recruitment consultants are always maintaining working relations with various hiring managers and reaching out to top employers in your industry. Hence, they will be the first to know when organisations are expanding their workforce or whenever companies looking to set up here are on the lookout for new talent to build their teams. Partnering with a recruiter in your job search will give you a heads up on these new and upcoming opportunities, and allows you to be among the first few candidates to be screened and interviewed for an exciting new role.
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Randstad has remained true to why we are in the people’s business – to help candidates like you fulfil your true potential. Proactive and resourceful, our trusted recruitment consultants will ensure that you are always kept up-to-date with the latest job openings in the market.
In essence, there are only benefits to having a recruitment expert on your side in your job hunt. Two heads are better than one; plus, it’s entirely free for candidates! All you need to invest is your time and commitment, work with us to build a solid profile, and we will help you find the dream job you’ve been looking for.
As the global leader in the human resources industry, we spare no effort in ensuring that our talent acquisition specialists are some of the best in the profession. But don’t take our word for it - read what hundreds of candidates are saying about us on Google.
Get in contact with our consultants today and see for yourself how a recruitment specialist can change the game completely in your favour.