Job Seekers: Why you should use a recruiter

There are a lot of common perceptions people have of working with recruiters. We have all come across countless people who would prefer not to work with a recruiter, or who haven’t worked with a recruiter in the past. With graduation fast approaching in May, it’s a good time to discuss some of the benefits there are to working with a recruiter while searching for your first job or a new position. Here are just a few different reasons you may want to consider working with a recruiter in the future:

1.) Recruiters have access to positions you may not know about

Any person can log on to the job boards and apply to the positions that are posted. However, a lot of people don’t realize that the majority of available positions may not be posted on the popular websites. As recruiters, we are frequently working on positions which may be confidential or not posted on the job boards. We often talk to candidates who assume we’re calling about a specific position and immediately say, “I’m not interested.” If a candidate takes the time to talk with us about what they’re looking for in a new position, it makes it easier for us to match up their skills with what our clients are looking for.

2.)    We work directly with hiring managers and have a good idea of what they’re looking for

Our goal as a recruiter is to have you put your best foot forward and get offered the position. We can help a candidate to understand what to expect going into the interview, and how to present themselves in the best possible light. From understanding a company’s culture to the main job functions – our job is to help our candidates decide if a particular position would be a good fit for them. 

3.)    A recruiters job is to assist with salary and counter offer negotiations

A lot of candidates are uncomfortable when it comes to salary negotiations or counter offers. It’s our job to work with our candidates to get them the best possible offer from our clients. We are always working with our candidates to discuss important issues on the front end (i.e. salary, vacation, benefits, etc.) so we can let our clients know exactly what our clients would need to make a move into a position. We are also experienced working with counter offers for our clients.  Recruiters are able to assist with negotiating your salary and benefits with any new company.

4.)    Working with a recruiter can help to take the pressure off your job search

Recruiters understand that you’re busy and may not be able to actively search for a new role while you’re working. We are able to help find jobs/companies you haven’t heard about, facilitate the interview process, and help to find a position that fits what you’re looking for from a salary, culture, and responsibilities standpoint. We can do this without you having to take time out of your work day to actively search for positions online or in newspapers.

We’re not saying you HAVE to use a recruiter in order to land your dream job–but you shouldn’t rule anything out! There are thousands of recruiting agencies out there, and most specialize in a specific industry. Adding a few contacts from recruiters in your industry is a great tool to add to your job seeking plan. Do you have a success story from using a recruiting service? 

4 Ways to Avoid the Post-Grad Blues

I’d be lying if I said I have figured out the secrets to an easy transition from the college lifestyle you have been accustomed to into the working world.  There are, however, a few things that I have realized in my first 4 months of working my first full-time job that can be the key to keeping a positive outlook.

1. Embrace Change:  Change is good and change is inevitable.  Transitioning from college life into the real world is only one of the many major changes you will face. It is so important to find the best during this major transition.  If you fail to do so, you will miss out on so many opportunities due to the fact that you were sulking about your new post-grad life.

2. Be Selfish:  Make time for yourself every day.  Do what you feel is best for yourself and your well being.  Now is the time in your life that we are allowed to be selfish.  It is way too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle when working your first full-time job. If you don’t take time for yourself, you will run yourself into the ground.

3. Keep An Open Mind:  I would go ahead and assume that if someone asked you where you thought you would be after graduation, your current situation isn’t exactly what you thought…and that’s fine!  Keeping an open mind about your situation and possible opportunities will open up new doors for you that you may have missed if you were being too narrow minded.

4. Don’t Freak Out:  The real world is not all that bad.  Of course it has its pros and cons, but so did college, right? It’s 100% normal to not want to leave your college campus that you have called home for the last 4 years, but it’s time to close that chapter of your life and start a new one!

Graduating from college and transitioning into the real world can be tough, but keeping the above in mind can help alleviate some of the pressures you may be feeling during your post-grad blues. Have you tried any of the above ideas? What other advice do you have for those about to graduate?

Hiring the best talent in today’s market

Look – I get it, you’re busy, he’s busy, she’s busy – heck even I’m busy.  Hiring qualified candidates in our field has become more difficult recently and it’s not difficult to find out why – EVERYBODY is hiring right now!  I am literally getting calls and emails from both current and old clients on a daily basis wanting specific candidates as soon as yesterday and they are willing to pay for them, and unfortunately for most of us, not everybody can throw the $$$ around.

Now, the traditional thing to do for employers is to get the job openings up on Monster and CareerBuilder and let the resumes trickle through.  I’ll be the first to admit, for certain roles, I do this as well – but I’m not seeing very many good candidates and I can’t imagine the majority of you are either.  Right now the job boards are diluted – way too many openings and not enough qualified candidates have almost rendered the boards ineffective.

How does one solve this problem?  What you need to do is make sure you are utilizing all of your resources.  There are more avenues to finding qualified candidates than Monster and CareerBuilder.  How many of you have tried actively recruiting on LinkedIn?  How many of you are utilizing Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist?  How many of you have a good pulse of your industry i.e. has anybody laid off recently?  Who’s closing their doors?

These resources take time and effort because you are not going to make 3 calls or put up just one posting to find the right candidates.  These options will require more thought, research and proactive activity, so don’t let yourself make the excuse that you don’t have the “time.”

The good – Not a lot of people utilizes these options, so the individuals you find on these sites probably haven’t been contacted by 3 other companies and 5 other recruiters.  That’s the bad with the boards – everybody is talking to several people and you always find yourself competing with another recruiter/company for the candidate.

What I’m saying is that if you want to continue to use the traditional efforts of hiring solutions, you will continue to compete, settle for the low hanging fruit, and find yourself replacing the same positions over and over again.  Try something different, put a little time into it and I think you’ll find the payoff to be worth your while.

We want to hear from you! What creative recruiting methods have you tried when looking to fill a position? Is posting openings to the job boards working for your company? Have you tried using a recruiter to help?