Even with the improving economy, job hunting can still be difficult as more and more employers have very specific requirements for jobs. Just applying for positions and following up may not be enough. If you are struggling in your job search, consider using a recruiter.
What is a Recruiter?
A Recruiter is someone who assists in your job search by using their network to help you find opportunities. They also act as a liaison between you and the employer. Many times recruiters are specialists in a particular field. Employers may contact recruiters for candidates for positions that are open to the public.
Employers choose to work with recruiters for several reasons. First is to save them time. Some employers do not have a dedicated Human Resources department or have enough staff to conduct a thorough candidate search. Another is because they are looking for a specific kind of candidate and hope the recruiter can increase their efficiency in the search process by using the recruiter’s network.
As a job seeker, you can use a recruiter to help you find unlisted job opportunities, refine your resume, and to network on your behalf. Usually, there is not a fee involved to use the services of a recruiter which means you get free access to job listings and job advice.
Where Do I Find a Recruiter?
Recruiters are everywhere but you must find the right one for you. If you are looking for a local job, then finding one in your area should be your first priority. If you are more open, you might try finding one that is local but also has national offices. Be sure to tell them you are interested in jobs in your desired locations.
First, do a basic Google search for ‘Recruiters near me.’ This should bring up a list of agencies that work in your area. From there you can narrow it down to a few that work in your field. It is better to use a recruiter in your area of expertise so they know what kinds of jobs would fit you best. Look on their website for job listings and see if you are interested. Some recruiters even let you apply right on their website. If they don’t follow up with you, give them a call in a few days.
Another way is to use your network. If you belong to a professional organization, see if they have a list of recruiters on their website. Reach out to the ones you find interesting. Or reach out to your LinkedIn connections to see if they know of any recruiters.
Recruiters will often refer people to other recruiters that they think can assist them better. If you speak with a recruiter and they don’t have anything for you, ask them if they recommend someone else.
Make Sure It’s a Good Fit
You want to make sure the recruiter you choose is a good fit. Screen them just like you would an employer. They are doing the same thing when speaking with you. Meet with them in person, if possible. They should follow up with you in a timely manner after applying for one of their positions.
You must also do the same. Make regular contact with the recruiter regarding your search. If you apply for a position on your own, double check they haven’t already sent in your resume for the position. Many recruiters will tell you before they do.
Using a recruiter is a great tool in your job-hunting toolbox, use them to your full advantage.
At Step Up Recruiting, we listen closely to a candidate’s needs. You are a valuable employee, deserving competitive compensation, who is looking for the right place to land, where your experience and abilities will be appreciated, and you can fulfill your career goals. We want that, too. If you are searching for a new position in Automotive, Aerospace, Finance, Entertainment, or Oil & Gas, we place candidates all over North America. Call us at (248) 421-7360.