3 key advantages of using a recruiter in your job search

Given the challenges facing jobseekers in today’s current climate, enlisting the help of a recruiter is a great way of simplifying the process.

Mon, August 26th, 08:59


The modern job search takes place across many fronts, from developing a solid CV and preparing for the interview process, to searching online, emailing applications and developing your social media presence – looking for a job can be a full-time job in itself. However, many candidates often dismiss the considerable benefits and resources available to them through the use of a recruitment agency.

Recruiters are essential to many employers who no longer have the time, resources or ability to source suitable candidates for their business on a large scale. In these cases they will enlist the assistance of a recruitment company to manage the screening and placement process.

It is very important for a candidate to remember that a recruiter has been entrusted by their client to gain an insight into their needs and understand the company culture before they begin the process of sifting through CVs. In this situation, a recruiter can be a fountain of knowledge about your target employer and you should try to take full advantage of all the information they can provide. The recruiter is also required to work closely with the client’s hiring manager. Consequently, it is prudent that you try to develop a strong working relationship with the recruiter. Doing so will guarantee that you have an influential person who is willing to fight your corner.

The recruiter knows best: If you have any further questions about the role you are applying for, beyond what’s written in the job description, the recruiter can be of assistance here, too. They possess an in-depth knowledge of the role and will be able to address any of your concerns. They can clarify which skills and requirements are most relevant for the role, which gives you an immediate advantage over your competition.

A recruiter is like a mentor: If there are certain areas of your job search technique that require improvement, then a recruiter will be ideally placed to provide constructive criticism. For example, they can offer you useful feedback to improve your interview technique. In order to determine if you are a good fit for the role, they may conduct a competency-based interview with you. Not only are these a great way to demonstrate your strengths, but they will also allow you to practice the interview prior to meeting the employer.

They will give you honest feedback: If the hiring manager feels that you are unsuitable for the role, they may not provide much detail as to why you were unsuccessful, however a recruiter will. The employer may have decided to select someone who they felt was a better applicant, but you may be left wondering things like: ‘What did they have that I didn’t?’, ‘What did they say or do that made the difference?’, ‘What mistakes did I make?’

In many instances a hiring manager will simply send an email or letter of rejection to an unsuccessful candidate, thanking them for their interest but stating that they have decided not to pursue your application further. They will rarely go into specifics as to why the candidate failed to make the cut. However the hiring manager will certainly share this information with the recruiter. One of the recruiter’s responsibilities is to inform the candidate about exactly where they fail down in the interview process. This means you can learn which areas you were deemed to be weak on and work to improve them.


Siobhan Kinsella

The Irish Times