There are many ways for a graduate or experienced professional to find their first or next jobs. Job web sites offer the greatest breadth of job possibilities and instant contact with companies who are hiring for specific positions. University placement services can be quite helpful for alumni who are looking for jobs near campus. Professionals with a connection to industries through family and friends can also help find jobs that might not be on the market yet. While these methods mix the tried with the innovative, many professionals are avoiding the hassles and time spent with these methods by using a recruiting agency.
There are many reasons to use a recruiting agency, not the least of which is that the talented recruiters at the agency can help any professional find their ideal job. Agencies do all of the leg work, marketing, and promotion of candidates, while individual recruits can focus on going to interviews and impressing hiring managers with their skills and demeanour. Recruiting agencies also offer exclusive positions and unique opportunities for professionals in all industries. Professionals in the publishing, banking, or sales field may want to build up their credentials and experience level by utilising project positions. An agency may have access to unique and exclusive positions that can help a professional see a different side of their industry while earning a paycheque and valuable experience.
Other professionals who are looking for permanent positions in banking and education may benefit from the exclusivity of a recruiter's jobs. In addition to exclusivity, recruiting agencies that have been in the business for even a few years develop a long list of client companies. These companies typically need temporary and permanent staff on a quarterly or yearly basis, depending on the success of their products and services.
This means that a recruiting agency can provide successive graduating classes and groups of experienced recruits with jobs from industry leaders and burgeoning companies. In addition, a recruit who works with a prestigious agency, with solid corporate connections, can use that as a marketing tool for future job searches. Utilising the services of a recruiting agency can turn a raw talent into a polished professional. Agencies offer comprehensive services, by and large, in order to draw in the best candidates and graduates. From sales coaching to training engineers on new software, recruiting agencies provide the services needed for generations of professionals.
Richard Taylor Edwards is the Managing Director of Talisman Executive, a specialist recruitment agency for construction careers and construction jobs in the UK and Europe.