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When it comes to finding a new job, it’s not as simple as perfecting your CV, scouring the press and various websites and then applying, although in some respects the new way to job-hunt is actually easier in a lot of ways. Now you register with an agency and let them do all the work for you. (Or do you)? Let’s answer that in a moment.
More and more businesses are using recruitment professionals to fill their vacancies, as it takes a lot of the time and stress out of their recruiting process. It also means only those really suitable for the job get through the qualification stage and on to interview; so less time is spent by the company reviewing covering letters and CVs only to find the candidate is not appropriate.
The benefits of this system for a candidate is that applicants put forward by recruitment consultants often carry more weight – meaning they have a better chance of getting at least to interview stage. Recruiters are also able to offer advice and coaching on various aspects of the recruitment process and often uncover opportunities that are not even officially available.
There is a common misconception though, that recruiters are only working on behalf of their client. Now this may be true or at least perceived as true in many cases however a good recruiter will see the candidate as a client also and will provide great support and value despite not getting paid directly by the candidate. Recruiters are paid by the hiring business however a good recruiter is ultimately seeking a win win situation for both client and candidate customer.
So as a job seeker (passive or active) how do you make sure you are getting the most value out of your recruiter?
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