Pros and Cons of Using a Job Recruiter to Find a Job

Have you considered hiring a job recruiter to find a job?

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Looking for a new job can be a stressful period of time. Sadly it’s become more difficult for many people to find good jobs, especially in recent times.

Resources are available

Whether you are just getting started, or have been working for many years, you can encounter problems finding the job you want. Many resources are available online, but if you are a mature worker they may not meet your needs. Fortunately, you can find much help, specifically aimed at older workers, through BoomerNextStep.

However, if your job is in a narrow field, or in a specific industry catered for by a specialist recruitment company, contacting a job recruiter might be a helpful option for you.

Pros and Cons of Using a Recruiter to Find a Job

Recruitment companies are used by companies to consider applicants for a specific job.  They then evaluate applicants and introduce the best selection of candidates for the final interview.  But sometimes an applicant may not be ideal for the position for which they applied.  However, you may impress them as being perfect for a similar job in a different company. This potential wider reach for your application is a positive aspect of using a recruiting company.

Increasingly, businesses advertise on their website. It’s likely that a hiring manager, possibly part of the HR team, will evaluate the applications that they receive in response to a position description. If the company is one that you really want to work for, then applying directly to the company is to your advantage.

Your resume matters!

Usually, it is through your resume that you get, or lose, the opportunity for an interview. However, it doesn’t matter who you are applying to; your resume must showcase your skills, expertise, and achievements about that specific job.

Why use a recruitment company?

There are plenty of reasons why you might consider using a recruiter to find your next job.

Find out about jobs first.

You increase your chances of hearing about jobs that aren’t listed publicly when you use a reputable recruitment company. Getting the inside scoop on available positions can be incredibly valuable, especially when your industry is a particularly competitive one.

Recruitment companies can also give you access to free training and insider information about companies that are hiring. Some recruitment companies assist you to network within your industry and expose yourself to other job opportunities in the future.

Contact multiple recruiters.

Don’t hesitate to contact more than one recruitment agency, which will allow you to broaden your search.

Another great benefit of using a recruiter is that you may get help with your resume.

A good recruiter can help you find a great job. But don’t be disheartened if you are not having success with a recruitment agency. Consider the companies you want to work for and contact them directly through their websites.

And never forget that hidden job market that exists.  Learn to tap into your contacts and see what surprises unfold.

Do you want to find work that you’ll love?

Are you unsuccessful in your job search, or are you not getting job interviews? Need job search advice? Career Reno can help you.

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Jenni Proctor

Hi, I'm Jenni Proctor from Boomers Next Step. Remember when the formula for success in life was simply to strive for good marks at school, gain qualifications, get a great job, work hard and save for your retirement? Yes, I believed it too! For years my husband David and I wanted to develop a business that we could operate anywhere in the world, but both of us were educated to be employees.  We had entrepreneurial dreams and ideas, but still had employee mindsets. 14 years ago I took the giant leap!  I left my job in Education to start a business as a Career Counsellor and Coach, helping mature adults transition from one career path to another, and particularly from employment to entrepreneurship.  I had studied long and hard to gain new qualifications but sadly I hadn’t learnt how to market my new business. About 12 years ago we realized that we were not tracking well towards having the sort of retirement we wanted. We’d saved; we’d invested; and like so many other people we’d also lost some money along the way. It didn’t help that my business was not bringing in as much as I had been earning as an employee. Our dreams of extensive travel and helping our family were being replaced by a growing concern that we would outlive our savings. It seemed that a traditional retirement would not allow us to maintain the lifestyle we wanted. I love helping people plan the next phase of their lives, but we realized that was not going to be enough.  We needed a way to create an income stream that would pay for the travel and other lifestyle luxuries we wanted, that would provide mental stimulation, and would interest us both.

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