Five reasons to use a recruiter and five ways to get the best from them

Working with a professional and trusted specialist recruiter opens doors to many exciting new career opportunities that may never appear on job boards or advertisements.

Think of a recruitment consultant as your own personal brand ambassador. A person tasked with the sole objective of helping you take the next important step in your career, and support you in realising your aspirations and goals. Here are some of the many ways we are able to help…

1. A guiding hand and expert counsel

Changing your job is one of the biggest things you can do – some say second only to moving house and above having a baby! Working with a specialist recruitment consultant can alleviate much of the stress that can be associated with making the leap. It’s all they do in their often long working days, why else would you entrust someone else with this task?

2. Choose a specialist recruiter

Working with a specialist recruiter in your sector not only means that they will have a good understanding of your skills, qualifications and experience, it also means that they have their finger on the pulse of your industry, so when an opportunity that fits your needs, background and aspirations comes up, they will be amongst the first to know. What is more, they will in all likelihood have already successfully placed people in the companies you would like to work for.

3. Save time

You have decided to find a new job and committed to a big, life changing decision. What do you do next? A recruitment consultant will help you to hit the ground running. A good specialist recruiter will often have the ear of the recruitment managers at the companies that you would like to work for. You will be amazed at how fast things can begin to happen from the moment you instruct them to work on your behalf. What may have taken you months can be achieved in weeks or even days. They won’t wait for a company to say they need to bring in new talent, they will know in advance and already be talent pooling, or help create an opportunity for you based on your discussion with them, and their understanding of the space you want to work in.

4. Getting you properly prepared

Interviews can be daunting, especially if it has been a while since you participated in one. Your recruitment consultant will help you to prepare for your big moment, sharing their insight and experience about the company, its culture and the role, instilling you with confidence to walk through the door, pick up the telephone or dial in to Skype. Whether it be body language, etiquette, dress code, travel logistics, background and culture of the people you work with, or company you are interested in, they are a font of all knowledge – tap into it and ask for their support.

5. Negotiating the best deal for you

Getting an offer of employment is always fantastic news, but you want to be sure that you are being fairly rewarded in return for sharing part of your career with them. Your recruitment consultant is also your Chief Negotiator, working hard to ensure you get the best deal possible when it comes to remuneration, bonuses, incentives and holiday entitlement. They will also help you to understand the longer term prospects such as the types of training, learning and development opportunities that will be open to you. OK, so you get the company, culture, job and responsibilities, training commitment and package that you want, but you now have to tell your current employer you are off.  This can be daunting to many people – how to negotiate can seem a dark art to some, and handling eleventh hour counter offers are uncomfortable. Again, use your specialist recruiter, this is all they do week in, week out.

How you can help your recruiter?

Tech and engineering recruitment

Now that you have connected with a recruiter, don't just sit back and wait; there are myriad things you can do to help your recruiter better help you...

1. CV and references

Make sure that you have a great looking, succinct and up-to-date CV that you can share with your recruiter. Also, be prepared to tailor the document for each application that your recruiter will make on your behalf – your chosen recruitment partner will put together a profile for you, based on your discussions, but help them along and articulate why a company would invest £xxx in year one for your services.

You need to have several references that a prospective employer can contact to discuss your suitability, but having some written testimonials from your line-manager extolling your virtues can be a real differentiator that validates your application.

2. Be open with your recruiter

Talk to your recruitment consultant not only about your expectations but also the longer-term career aspirations and ambitions you have. Be sure to tell them about your specific strengths as well as development areas. They will want to take the time to learn about you not only as a professional but as a person, so they can place you in the right role at a company that will suit you best.

Let them know if there is a particular company that you would love to work for and similarly any that you would not wish them to pursue. It is also a good idea to share with them details of any current opportunities or offers that you may have, so they know not to approach them (unless of course you would like their help) – dual applications are awkward!

3. Don’t try to ‘blag’ it!

You will get found out when your skills and experience will be assessed. Be honest and realistic with yourself and others about your abilities. If you state that you are a subject matter expert in a particular technology or technique, be prepared that at interview this will be tested by a subject matter expert.

4. Make yourself available

Recruiters understand how difficult it can be to make time for interviews. But they are an unavoidable step towards you getting the job you want. It can be really helpful to let your recruiter know what times you can be available for interview, so that they can schedule at times that are mutually convenient. Knowing this in advance saves a lot of time in the interview process and could be a differentiator if you are more readily available than other applicants.

5. Use ‘I’ not ‘We’

If you are applying for a role, people will assume that you have the necessary skills and expertise (of course they will want validation). However, what they will be far more interested in, is how you have applied your knowledge. This is a big interview tip! Use I and not we – be clear on what you did, not what the team you worked in achieved – they are hiring you remember! 

This is great advice if you are hoping to use a new job as an opportunity to jump up the pay scale. For example, you may be an IT Project Manager earning £50k per annum but you feel that you are worth £60k. That means in your first year of employment it would have cost your new company in the region of £100k when you take into account their employer contributions etc. So, if you want the extra £10k it is important to be able to demonstrate what they will get in return for the larger investment in you.

If you'd like to speak with one of our recruitment consultants about finding a new job or to identify top talent, please get in touch

What people say about us…

"You were inspiring and you were the first and the last person that really made me believe in this offer and finally accept it. Thank you!" Anastasios, Assistant Technical Superintendent

 "I have worked hard to achieve my qualifications, skills and expertise so I want to put them to good use and be rewarded accordingly. With ARM I can be assured that if I am looking for a specific job they will know exactly what I want." Raoul Popesu-Ghimis, Senior Chassis Performance Consultant - Jaguar Land Rover