A truly professional recruitment consultant becomes a trusted partner who understands your objectives, leverages their industry knowledge and network, and provides valuable support throughout the hiring process. Whether you are a job seeker or an employer, the right recruiter can be a valuable asset.
Here are five things you can expect from a recruiter who’s really worth their salt.
Effective communication is essential in understanding your career goals or the specific requirements of a job. A great recruiter should be an excellent listener, capable of understanding your needs and explaining the job market or candidate pool clearly and transparently.
They should keep you informed at every step of the process, from initial discussions to final negotiations. Even when there’s no progress to report, they’ll still touch base regularly to ensure candidate and client continue to be fully engaged with the process.
A well-connected recruiter should have a vast and diverse network of qualified candidates and strategic business contacts. This network is an invaluable resource for identifying potential job opportunities and passive as well as active talent. They put a huge amount of time and effort into building these networks and should be able to tap into their connections to source the best candidates or job openings.
The best recruiters will have a broad spectrum of knowledge across their specialism and be able to share their market knowledge to steer your search in the right direction. They can provide insights to the candidate marketplace that will empower you to make informed business decisions and drive strategy across your business.
Whether you are considering entering a new market or territory, moving location, recruiting new skills or replacing old, salary benchmarking or looking for gender or ethnicity diversity information, the top agencies will provide you with the comprehensive data you need to stay ahead of your competitors and position you as an employer of choice.
A dedicated recruitment consultant will put your requirements to the fore. On the client side, they should adapt their approach to your specific hiring needs and hiring process, considering your preferences, the job description and company values, ensuring you avoid the consequences of making a bad hire. For candidates, they will not put you forward for just any role, but ensure they’ve considered your reasons for moving, career aspirations, what you need from a new employer and what value you can add to their business.
Great recruiters go the extra mile to offer personalised support tailored to your unique needs. They should work with you to develop your resume, offer interview coaching, and provide insights on how to best present yourself to potential employers. For businesses, they can review your hiring process and advise where improvements might be made. They can also help you with the formation of job descriptions and person specifications, carry out initial interviews and competency assessments, and manage offers and counter-offers.
Does this sound like the kind of recruiter you’d like to work with? Whether client or candidate, contact us via the link below to find out about our range of tailored talent acquisition solutions, and the opportunities we have available with clients across the UK, Europe and USA.