Some jobseekers feel that recruitment companies are an “unnecessary middle-man” who add in an extra layer of communication and bureaucracy to the whole job-hunting process. They also believe that if they distribute their CV far and wide, they will get multiple interviews and a job offer at the end of the process. Below are 5 advantages of using recruitment companies versus the CV scattergun approach.
1. Market knowledge
Good recruitment companies have an in-depth understanding of the labour market and can direct you to which companies are in growth mode and where the most exciting opportunities are located. This saves you time and effort as you are targeting your CV to where an opportunity exists.
2. Network depth
A good recruitment consultant will have thousands of connections (take a look at their LinkedIn profile) with key decision makers and hiring managers in their particular industry segment. Rarely will an individual have the same number of connections with key hiring managers in their industry sector.
3. The Hidden Jobs
It is quite common for recruitment companies to have access to jobs that have yet to be advertised generally as a result of the strength and depth of their relationship with key hirers. If you are fortunate enough to have your CV with one of these companies, you will have first-mover advantage over most of the potential competition.
4. Free Advice
A recruitment agency receives its commission off the client. Therefore, as a candidate, you receive expert free advice in regards tailoring your CV, interview preparation (etc.), saving you a considerable amount of time in the long run.
5. Cultural Fit
A good recruitment company will have an in-depth understanding of their client organisations culture and the type of person and personality that will fit in seamlessly with that culture. This invaluable knowledge will save you time and stress in the long run by avoiding going to an organisation which is incompatible with your personality, values and ethics.
Recruitment companies in general will save you time and money in the long run whilst at the same time greatly increasing your probability of landing your dream job. Using recruitment companies is much more impactful and focussed than the CV scattergun approach.