Some great ways a recruitment agency can help to improve your job search.

As the New Year rolls around and we take the time to reflect on the direction we’re going in, January is one of the most popular times of the year for people to apply for a new job.

Whether you’re actively seeking a new role or you’re simply keeping an eye on the market in case anything exciting comes along, below we’re listed just a few of the many benefits of using a recruitment agency to aid your search.

They have experience

It may seem easy to match candidates to jobs but sadly, it really isn’t. While a company can hire anyone with the relevant skills and qualifications, ensuring the person is going to be happy and fulfilled in the role is a completely different story. Getting the right cultural match is vital and this is a skill that recruitment agencies have developed from many years of experience they hold.

Unfortunately, you can’t tell from an online job posting what a company would be like to work for but you can trust that an agency would never put you forward for a role they don’t think is right for you.

They do more than just help you find a job

Your main goal is of course to find a new job and recruiters have all the skills needed to help you do this as quickly as possible. As well as putting you in touch with the right companies, they can also assist with many other aspects of job hunting including:

  • Writing and/or updating your CV
  • Writing cover letter
  • Helping you to choose the right career
  • Helping you to change career
  • Negotiating contract terms such as salary and benefits (this is a huge perk for those who don’t feel comfortable doing this directly with the employer)

Employers trust them

If a recruitment agency thinks you’re right for a role, they will do everything they can to sell you into that company. When you apply for jobs yourself you don’t have anyone to back you up and when competition is fierce, it can be almost impossible to get noticed.

Because this trust is already in place, it also means that the time it takes you to find a new job can be dramatically reduced if you go through an agency.

They have access to the hidden employment market

Not every company likes to publicise when they’re recruiting which means that there are hundreds of jobs which could be perfect for but you’ll never know about them.

Recruitment agencies have access to the hidden employment market and they know about roles that aren’t being advertised online. It’s well worth registering with a few and letting them know you’re interested in hearing about opportunities that are being kept quiet.

It can save you time

Whether you’re still in a full-time job or you’re busy running around after the kids, finding the time to apply to roles can be difficult. One of the greatest advantages of using a recruitment agency is that they can do the hard work for you.

You simply register your CV, let them know all about your skills and experience and they will do everything they can to find something suitable. Because of their large network, they can often get you in touch with interesting clients and projects much quicker than you would be able to do yourself.

If you would like help finding your dream job in the New Year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.