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Employment Allies: How Recruiters Help Shape a Positive Impression of a Candidate

When working with a recruiter for the first time, it’s common for applicants to feel a little hesitant or unsure. Many job seekers are used to traditional ways of applying for jobs—hand-delivering resumes, searching job boards, applying online and following up with Hiring Managers. While these may be perfectly acceptable methods for landing a great job, there are ways of making your job search more efficient—and using a reputable Recruitment Agency is one of the best approaches out there. In an ever-increasing online landscape where employers have access to qualified candidates across the country (and often—the world), you need a personal advocate to shine a spotlight on your unique profile, skill set and fit for a company.

An experienced and specialized recruiter is an invaluable asset for your job hunt. They can help shape an employers’ positive impression of you through myriad ways:

They know how to “sell” you to their clients

Recruiters have strong and long-standing relationships with their clients (the very organizations with whom you’re looking to secure a job). They understand exactly what Hiring Managers look for when reviewing an applicant—the keywords that jump out at them and the deal breakers that make them turn away. This allows the recruiter to recommend small adjustments, diction and format changes to your resume and profile to ensure they meet their client’s expectations and starts their impression of you off on the right foot.

Employers trust their recommendations from previous successes

It’s a recruiter’s job to intimately understand the types of candidates their clients are after, the skill sets that lead to success in their roles and the personality traits that are needed in their organization. Based on previous hires, the client has good faith in a recruiter’s ability to know their business and company culture, and secure lasting candidates that fit within it. Employers take a second look at a resume they would otherwise pass on when presented by a recruiter they trust.

They act as a “live” cover page for candidates

Have you ever submitted an online application and wished you could have a direct conversation with the Hiring Manager about why you are the perfect fit? Well, that is exactly what recruiters are hired to do! Recruiters spend their time getting to know the candidates they work with—above and beyond checkboxes on an application—and have an ear with the client when it comes time to advocating for a good match. Recruiters present clients with complete candidate profiles and make personalized recommendations of best-fit candidates. They can speak to your education, experience, professionalism, presentation and personality traits, and mitigate any shortcomings you may have “on paper”. This makes all the difference for getting talented candidates through the door.

Career Builder, 2016

Career Builder, 2016

Additional benefits that recruiters provide to job seekers include:

  • Knowledge of company culture: Based on previous placements, site visits and communication with Hiring Managers, recruiters are able to give you an inside look into an employer’s culture and values—information otherwise not available to candidates.
  • Interview tips: Recruiters can prepare candidates on commonly asked interview questions, go over employers’ priorities, recommend appropriate attire and suggest which documentation to bring to the interview. They’re also a dedicated point of contact for all your interview questions and concerns. When you come prepared and dress like you already belong, it helps employers envision you working there. And recruiters can help with that prep!
  • Salary negotiation: Recruiters from leading Staffing Firms have access to the research reports, national salary guides and internal pay databases their companies put together. Top firms even offer their recruiters training on professional negotiation techniques. They study fair market compensation and go to work to negotiate a salary that meets both your expectations and their client’s pay range (and as experts, can even successfully persuade clients to raise it).
  • Assistance on job preparation & training: Based on the position’s requirements, recruiters can administer testing that identifies your strengths and weaknesses, your personality profile and your work style in a team environment. Recruiters can then offer online training or refresher courses to strengthen your knowledge. At Adecco, we provide free online training course to all our Associates on various software, customer service & office skills, health & safety, and many others. Your resume gets a boost from these new courses and you come off as an expert when it’s time for the interview.
  • Feedback from previous placements: Recruiters can share insider tips and tricks they learned from past candidates they’ve placed with a company. This can help you have a smooth transition into your new role and company, and set you up for success.

Recruiters are experts at cutting through a slurry of applicants and identifying the most suitable handful who will exceed expectations, gel with the company culture and excel in a role. For all these reasons, recruiters are true allies of both candidates and employers alike.

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