What To Expect From A Recruitment Agency

What Do Recruitment Agencies Do?

Recruitment agencies act as middlemen between companies with vacancies to fill and job seekers looking for new jobs. The next question people usually ask at this point is, “Why does there need to be a middle man? Why can’t companies just fill their jobs with candidates who have applied to them directly?” And that is an excellent question!

Female recruiter being the middleman introducing a quality candidate to an employer
Recruiters act as a middleman or woman between candidates and their prospective employers.

What Can They Do For Candidates?

Before you speak to a recruitment consultant, it helps to understand what they can and can’t do for you. They can match you with jobs that will fulfil your ambitions and satisfy your financial and work-life balance needs. But only if they have the positions available that will allow them to do so. What they won’t do is go out and find you a job that’s not currently on their books.

One of the things  to expect from a recruitment agency is that they can help you climb the career ladder faster
Candidates who apply for jobs through recruitment agencies usually climb the career ladder faster than those who go it alone.

Accelerate Your Job Search

For a start, they get to work matching you to the best available jobs they have. Quality recruiters aren’t just about getting bums in seats. It makes sense for them to pair their candidates with job roles that will fulfil their ambitions and provide career longevity. Why should they care? Because the recruitment industry thrives on reputation and the agencies with the happiest candidates are the ones that achieve the greatest success.

They Can Get You a Substantial Payrise

Many job seekers don’t fully appreciate what their skills and experience are worth. So if they were applying for jobs directly, they might be happy with a 5% increase in their previous salary. Upon speaking to a recruitment consultant, they might realise that they’re selling themselves short and actually, their next job could result in a 20% — 30% pay increase.

They Can Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired

Recruiters won’t help you lie to get a job, nor will they tell you what to say in a job interview. However, they will help you prepare as well as possible for any interviews they put you forward for. That might include anything from giving you background information on the company to providing a practice interview before your face to face meeting with their client.

A Few Common FAQs About Working With Recruitment Consultants

How to Approach a recruiter on LinkedIn For a Job

Recruiters spend their lives trawling LinkedIn looking for suitable candidates, and this is where they post details of their latest offerings. However, it is uncommon for candidates to contact a recruiter first. So if you do see them posting about a job you like the look of, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here’s an insider secret — they love it when you do his!

Screenshot showing how to find a recruiters contact details on LinkedIn
Hover over a recruiter’s name on any of their posts, and a button will appear saying “Message”. The quickest way to contact anyone on LinkedIn is to click this button.

How to Answer an Email From a Recruiter

One word answer — POLITELY! So the job they’re contacting you about now may not be the best match for your skills. Or maybe you have the best job in the world, and you’re not looking for a new one at present? Either way, manners cost nothing, and while you may not need them now, you never know when you might find yourself out of a job. It’s easier to decline politely now than to have to go grovelling and beg them to help you in future.

Why Do Recruiters Ask Such Awkward Questions?

Before putting your CV forward for a vacancy, they will need to get to know you and your work history. As they speak to many candidates in one day, their time is quite precious, so they need to get to the point. Therefore, their questioning can sometimes seem direct and a little intimidating. While they don’t mean to be, they just need to get the information they need from you to present you in the best possible light to their clients.

Can You Register With More Than One Recruitment Agency?

The short answer is yes. You are free to register with as many recruitment agencies as you like. However, it’s vital to bear in mind that there are pros and cons to this. In fact, it can have such an impact on your job search that we wrote an article dedicated to this one topic. You can find it here if you’re interested: The Pros and Cons of Using Multiple Recruitment Agencies.

A Few Final Thoughts on What to Expect From a Recruitment Agency

Recruitment agencies can vary wildly in quality. The above is a guide of what you should get from a quality consultant. Therefore, it pays to do your research and make sure you register with the best in your niche.



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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions


Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog