Benefits of a recruitment consultancy

Recruitment consultancies have access to the best jobs in the market with the biggest companies.

Developing a close relationship with your recruitment consultant can be the difference between landing your dream role and not even being aware that it exists.

But how do you get what you want from the relationship?

Go to the initial meeting prepared

Most recruitment consultancies will want to meet you in person before formally putting your CV forward to a hiring manager. The initial meeting will generally involve a discussion about your reasons for wanting a new job, the type of role(s) you are interested in and a discussion around the positions the consultant feels might be appropriate for you. It is very worthwhile scanning the recruiters website before the meeting to ascertain which jobs you may be interested in. 

It is important during this initial meeting to come across as professional and employable, to make sure you are fully prepared access Robert Walters interview tips and advice. Bear in mind that a consultant’s reputation with their client (the recruiting company) is at stake when they put a candidate forward for a job, so he or she will want to make sure that you will perform well when you meet the recruiting manager in person.

Be clear about what job you want.

Job-seekers who approach recruitment consultancies are obviously looking for a career change. But for many, this is all they are sure about. While it’s good to be open to new opportunities, it’s best to do some research and have a good think about the type of job you want next. This will stop recruitment consultants suggesting roles that are of no real interest to you and will also help you to develop a closer working relationship with your consultant. Recruitment consultants want to help you but they will need your help and direction to get you what you want.

Keep in touch with your recruiter.

Recruitment consultants meet a lot of talented professionals each week so it’s important you keep in touch with a weekly phone call or email. They also often host networking evenings for candidates – if you’re invited to one of these types of events, try your best to attend as it not only keeps you at the front of your consultant’s mind, but it also allows you to find out about the latest market trends and any jobs that are available. Robert Walters provides its candidates with the most up to date recruitment information in the market to educate yourself on your industry access our employment trends portal.

Take advantage of a recruiters knowledge.

Make sure you tap into your recruitment consultant’s knowledge as much as you can. They are industry specialists and work closely with employers so will be able to tell you about the hottest jobs available and the types of skills employers are looking for at any given time. When you get an interview, ask specific questions about the interviewer as your recruitment consultant will know him/her and will therefore be able to give you some pointers about what to expect. Although this knowledge will by no means secure you a job, it will help you to prepare for the interview to ensure you play to your strengths.

Ask your recruitment consultancy for feedback.

Asking for your recruitment consultant’s feedback can help you to improve how you present yourself in future. Recruiters review and assess CVs on a daily basis and know what employers look for, so if you take their suggestions into account you can make your résumé as strong as possible. If you are interviewed, your recruitment consultant will talk to the interviewer about it after it has taken place.

Most will call you to discuss the interview further, so make the most of this conversation by asking questions to ensure you get valuable feedback about your performance. If you do not use a recruitment consultant, you would not have access to this knowledge so you should take advantage of it.

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Samantha Gravett, Manager
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