I know recruiting gets a bad rap because there are places out there that don’t care, barely communicate with you, and some places even alter your resume just to get a win. But not all recruiters and recruiting companies are bad. In fact, there are places out there that care about their consultants and prospective consultants almost as much as they do their own families.
I used to work for one of those companies. We treated out consultants very highly and because we were such a small company we were able to have a more one-on-one relationship with everyone.
So, why should you use a recruiting company during your next job search? Keep reading to find out.
Why You Should Use Recruiting During Your Next Job Search
Recruiting is an easy way to get your resume out to people who know what they’re talking about and in front of people who are actively looking to find consultants to fill positions they have open. It’s a win-win situation!
When you use a recruiting company you either submit your resume to a specific job or to the company overall and they harvest it into their database.
If you match a position they have available they will reach out to you either by phone, email, or both.
This way they’re doing some of the searching for you. However, if you’re unemployed I highly recommend you continue your search yourself as you never know when a recruiting company may get a job that matches you resume for your specified salary.
There are at three types of positions that recruiting companies recruit for:
- Contract to Hire
- Direct Hire
Contract jobs are ones that have a specific job length and that’s it. The client may wish to extend the contract at the end of the time period, but that isn’t always the case.
Contract to hire jobs are ones that have a contract length, but at the end of the time period the client will hire on the consultant as a fulltime employee.
Direct hire positions are where the recruiting company is being used to find a permanent employee for the client that will start off as a fulltime employee for the client company.
You Enter Their Database
The first thing you do to start working with a recruiting company is to either submit your resume to an open job they have, or you can contact their general info email address with your resume, your contact info, and your salary expectations.
When you apply to a job through their own job board, or even through outside sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, etc. the recruiter working that specific job will be given your application. If you fit what they’re looking for they can upload your resume to their internal database, or, if you submit through their own job board, will most likely be uploaded automatically.
When your resume enters their database you are now available to be part of searches in the future for any job that matches your resume. I will note that this may not be an exact science because sometimes you may only be a partial match but the recruiter feels you’re good enough to be submitted to a job. So you might get caught up in emails for jobs you only partially match.
This can be a good thing. Some people apply to jobs they know they’re only 100% qualified for, so if you’re caught up in emails for jobs you’re only partially qualified for you may end up with a better job because you wouldn’t have normally taken the risk.
Recruiters Do Most of the Work
When you submit your resume to a recruiting company you work with a specific recruiter that has been assigned to whatever job it is you’ve applied to.
This is a bit plus in my book because they get to do all the negotiating for you.
However, there is a caveat. Most jobs come with a rate range the client is willing to pay out. They recruiter is willing to go to bat for you to get the highest rate possible (it means more money for them if they work commission, and most recruiting is) and if you’re a star match for this job, they might even be able to argue for over the allotted price range. However, this isn’t always the case, but can be in unique circumstances.
They’re the ones that have to sell you to the client to get you an interview. You don’t have to worry about any of that! Isn’t that great?
They may even find things on your resume to fix or add that would make you look like a better candidate to the client. Sometimes you mention things in passing that you don’t realize are incredibly important. Or you mention you have a skill but don’t show where or how you used it.
I recently worked with a recruiter who suggested I change the dates around for some positions I had on my resume, which after taking a second look, made more sense to have.
They Make Sure You’re Ready
If you’re offered a position by a recruiting company they make sure you’re 100% ready to start at whatever client company it is you’ve applied for.
The only downside to this is working with recruiting will almost always require a drug screen and 7 year background check. I don’t see these things as bad, it’s pretty common when working for larger companies to have to go through these things, but if you’re used to working for smaller companies, like I am, they may be new things you have to experience.
The recruiters and their HR department make sure you have all of the proper paperwork ready to go before you start. And if you’re lucky enough to be a consultant to a larger recruiting firm, their benefits can be pretty damn good.
The only downside is working with smaller recruiting companies means each recruiter usually has a better one-on-one relationship with their consultants, but they usually don’t have the best benefits to offer because they’re so small.
This is the problem my previous employer had. They were too small to be considered big but too big to be considered small, so they were in a no-man’s land for benefits.
However, you won’t be able to start without the proper paperwork. So, you’ll always be ready to go when you start.
Go to Them If You Have a Problem
Sometimes you have problems in the workplace. Sometimes the person you’re supposed to talk to about these problems can be someone you clash with, doesn’t like you, or a variety of other negative issues.
With recruiting, you always have someone you can go to if you have a problem.
If you’re having any kind of issue you feel uncomfortable talking to your supervisor about, or the problem itself is your supervisor, talk to your recruiter about all of this. They may not be able to fix the problem, but there will be some kind of documentation that you’ve been having issues.
I know that doesn’t seem like much, but the recruiter might be able to go to your supervisor’s boss and talk to them about the problem, which might be more than what you would have been able to do on your own.
You can also go to them with any questions and concerns you have. More often than not, the recruiter and the company want to know if there are any problems going on on-site with their consultants.
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They Want to Work With You Again
If you’re working a purely contract position, meaning the client company isn’t going to hire you at the end of your contract length, the recruiting company has incentive to keep you on the payroll. Therefore, they should work with you nearing the end of your contract to find you new work to be submitted to.
This was a huge part of my previous employer. They wanted to keep as many people on payroll as possible. This works wonders for company finances, but it also boosts the relationship they have with the consultants they’re working with.
If your line of work is what the recruiting company focuses on, you will have a higher chance of finding work after your contract is up. This benefits everyone as you keep yourself employed and they keep someone on payroll. It’s a win-win!
My currently position is a 6 month contract position with the possibility of extension. That means that it’s a minimum of 6 months and if after the 6 month time is up they think it’s worth keeping me on board, they will extend the contract. However, this isn’t listed as a “contract to hire’ position, meaning they won’t hire me as an employee for the client company at the end, but it’s still a job and right now that’s what I need.
Personally, I think everyone should at the very least, submit their resumes to recruiting and staffing companies that are within their labor category. This way you’re getting the best of both worlds by giving yourself an edge with recruiting companies as well as looking for jobs on your own.
Have you ever used a recruiting company before? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments!
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