Most people only think about recruiters when they are looking for work. Even then, candidates often prefer to go it alone rather than bring someone in on such a personal journey. That reluctance to seek out recruitment consultants combined with such a small window in which to make an impression means there are a lot of common misconceptions out there.
So let’s deal with those first and help us to understand exactly what a good recruitment agency can do for us.
We are not career coaches
The most common misconception about recruiters is that they can tell us what we should do for work, or help us to decide what to do. That is not what we do. In fact, recruiters spend most of their time looking for people who are really clear on what they want to do. That is because clients hire us to find the perfect person for a specific job they need to fill.
They do not work for us
This brings us nicely to our second item – recruitment agencies work for employers, not candidates. That may sound harsh, but it is important to understand the difference. Employers hire recruitment agencies to find the best person, so our response will always be to the employer and the role first.
But that does not mean they do not have our best interests at heart
Having said that, it is important to understand how important it is that we place the right people in the right jobs. Employers hire us because we have a full view of the employment market and are better placed than they are to find the right person. If they place us in a role that we are not suited to, we would not be successful in the role and the client won’t use us again. It is vital that we find the best fit in terms of role, culture, personality, and salary – which is exactly what we should be looking for too.
In fact, our good news is their good news
On that point, it is also important to consider how recruitment agencies and recruiters get paid. When they place us in a job, the agency is paid commission based on a percentage of our new salary. In other words, the more we get paid, the more they get paid. More than that, the individual recruiter earns a commission as a percentage of the fee paid to the agency – everybody benefits when we get a big offer.
And they can help us to find a job
All of which brings us back to the idea that they help us to find a job – we do not – but that does not mean they don’t help us with our job hunting skills. If they think we are right for a role they will help us to improve our CV, they will coach us on interview skills and make sure we are as prepared as possible to meet with the employer.
Face to face is vital for us
Face to face meetings and mock interviews are vital to that coaching process. When we apply to a role through an agency we have a unique advantage over someone who applies directly with a CV.
We may never hear about the jobs they have to offer
It is also important to understand that we do not just work on jobs we could apply to ourselves. They work hard to build databases of strong candidates who we can call straight away when a job comes in and place them without ever having to advertise. In other words, there are jobs available right now that only a recruiter can get for us.
Recruiters are hired by employers. We find people for jobs, not jobs for people. It is important that we understand that. Just remember that even though they do not work for us, they will do everything they can to get us that perfect job. To read more about hire foreign worker click here.