What To Expect From A Recruitment Agency

When a recruiter reaches out to you for the first time, you may feel a little intimidated. If you feel like this, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Recruitment is an industry that outsiders have very little understanding of and, therefore, minimal trust. If this sounds familiar, we wrote this article just for you: To explain what to expect from a recruitment agency, and how Recruitment Consultants can help boost your career.

What Do Recruitment Agencies Do?

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.

The answer simply comes down to time and money. Most companies don’t have massive advertising budgets to help them fill their vacancies but need them filling urgently.

From publishing a job advert to finding a suitable candidate can take a business several months, sometimes even years. The less well known the employer, the longer it can take.

For example, if Google published a job advert for a Software Engineer, it’s likely applicants would flood their inbox to bursting within an hour. If Stan’s Spectacular Software Company issued the same job advert, it’s unlikely they would receive the same kind of response. For Stan to compete with the likes of Google, he would need to spend a fortune on advertising.

For as long as Stan’s vacancy remains unfilled, he might lose vast sums of money in lost revenue. What’s more, he may miss project deadlines, which can negatively impact his reputation with clients and lenders.

Recruitment agencies have access to vast databases of candidates, not to mention those active on LinkedIn. This gives them access to a far greater number of suitable matches than Stan could ever have. Therefore, by placing his job advert with a recruitment agency, Stan can reduce his time to hire substantially.

What Can They Do For Candidates?

It probably helps at this point to understand how recruiters make money. They are paid by their client — aka your potential new employer. Meanwhile, you benefit from their services absolutely free! However, even though you don’t pay them a penny for their services, what you can get from them can be invaluable.

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

They Can Get You a Substantial Payrise

They Can Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired

A Few Common FAQs About Working With Recruitment Consultants

How to Approach a recruiter on LinkedIn For a Job

Hover over a recruiter’s name on any of their posts, and a button will appear. The quickest way to contact them is to click this button.

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

Why Do Recruiters Ask Such Awkward Questions?

During your initial conversation with a recruitment consultant, they will ask personal questions about your skills, salary, ambitions and any other jobs you’ve applied for. Candidates often don’t feel comfortable giving out this kind of information. However, the more detail you give will improve your chances of getting your ideal job.

Can You Register With More Than One Recruitment Agency?

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

However, the most well known are not necessarily the ‘best’; that will depend on the role you’re looking for. Google rankings are always a good indicator of quality. So a quick search for ‘x jobs’ ‘y city’ or ‘x recruitment’ ‘y city’ will likely give you a good idea of which agencies you should be speaking to.

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

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