5 reasons you should work with recruiters
In a competitive job market, it’s essential you give yourself every chance to stand out from the crowd. Working with a great recruitment company offers you distinct benefits. We spoke with team members at Huxley to find out how the work they do every day gives you an advantage when it comes to finding your next role.
- The value of personal touch
When you apply for a job, your CV is the only thing the hiring manager’s presented with. But when you work with a recruitment company, clients are instantly given a clearer picture of you. You’re more than just the skills on your CV and our consultants take the time to get to know exactly what you’re looking for.
Lorraine Johnson, Principal Recruitment Consultant, explains the benefits of this, “Discovering more about your background, experience and soft skills means we have a better idea of which company would be the best fit for you. We do this so that we can contextualise your application to clients. We make sure they get to know all about why you’d be a great match for them; something you wouldn’t get from just finding a job online and clicking apply.” Generally speaking, recruitment companies are able to personalise your application. So if you’re in a candidate driven market, recruiters are able to give you more of a face in an environment that may have hundreds of people applying for a single job.
- Preparing you for interview
You’ll know preparation is key to success. However, the best way to approach an interview will differ largely from company to company. Recruitment companies should have an in-depth understanding of the companies you’ll be interviewing with, from the way their teams are set up to the finer details of their projects. They should have information about the people in the business, so they can advise you on the most important things to prepare for an interview. Many successful recruiters are likely to have placed within this team before, and will be able to help you when it comes to the intricacies of the organisation and the people you’ll be dealing with.
Having a strong understanding of the role, requirements, team dynamics, and potential questions that will be asked gives you a great benefit. Our candidates are given this information and offered tailored coaching, allowing you to get the most out of your interview and increase your chances of success.
- Receiving honest feedback
If you’ve been unsuccessful with a job application, you’ll probably have received a generic rejection email. It happens – even the best companies send them. However, a great recruitment company will also be able to provide you with detailed feedback on your application. We can let you know exactly what the hiring manager liked and recommend areas to improve, offering rounded feedback from the whole hiring process. Receiving feedback from the team, project managers and a range of people directly involved in the company means you know what to do in the future to increase your chances of getting hired.
Nel Parmar, Head of Governance, expands on this, saying, “Some candidates would be worried about seeming too pushy if they request feedback or want to chase an application. Working with a company like Huxley allows us to deal with all of this, communicating on a regular basis with both candidates and clients to ensure all information’s delivered efficiently.”
- Negotiating the best package for you
Lots of people feel so uncomfortable negotiating pay, they’d dismiss a role if it wasn’t advertised at their ideal rate. In many cases, candidates aren’t aware there could be some flexibility surrounding salaries. Michael Difford, Recruitment Consultant, expands on this, saying, “We can negotiate on a candidate’s behalf. Often candidates find this part of the interview process awkward, but by allowing someone else to voice your honest expectations, it takes the pressure off.”
We communicate carefully with our clients and have the ability to negotiate a mutually beneficial outcome for both parties. When a business knows they’re getting an outstanding candidate, they’re often happy to re-consider their offer.
According to Alex Henes, Recruitment Consultant, “We always get candidates the best offer we can. We have an understanding of the market and how your previous experience and skillset is valued. This allows us to ensure you receive an appropriate offer, in comparison to a company potentially trying to secure someone at the lowest price possible.”
- Dealing with the on boarding process
One of the most difficult parts of starting a new job is leaving the role you’re already in. Having someone to manage the on boarding process can eliminate a great deal of stress. Nel expands on this, “Our job doesn’t end at placement. Nobody’s an expert at resigning from a job and it’s not easy to leave people you’ve worked with for years and built up relationships with. Details such as handling holidays you’ve booked and working out a start date can be a burden; we’re here to help.”
At Huxley, we deal with the entire on boarding process; looking after paperwork, dealing with counter offers and helping you manage any pressure you may be facing from existing employers. Knowing this is out of your hands is a huge relief. We also keep in regular contact with all candidates we’ve placed to ensure you’re settling into your new role and can handle any issues that may arise.
Want to put yourself a step ahead of the competition? Contact Huxley today and let us help find your ideal role.