Changing jobs or starting out on the job ladder can be a veryimpending and daunting step. The internet is flooded with job board sites,alongside LinkedIn, Google jobs and Facebook jobs. Reading through thenecessities of each job spec, all demanding 2-3 years’ experience, certaindegrees and certificates is a disheartening process. Where can a recruitmentagency help?

We’ve collated feedback from a largeselection of candidates and created a list of the advantages of using arecruitment agency based on their experience. So, if you’re unsure whether tocontact a recruitment consultantor go it alone, perhaps some of these points below will help you decide!

Firstly, specialistrecruitment consultants working within a niche sector can offer extensive andquality advice related to a vast range of various job roles. They can offeradvice on key players and companies within the sector and any relevant news andinformation relating to the niche markets. Removing the search and trawlthrough industry news and job boards for suitable roles!

Consultants havingstrong and developed relationships with contacts in various blue chip and recognised companies allows them to better sell candidatesinto roles perhaps they wouldn’t have found or considered before. In variouscases clients work solely with recruitment agencies, so working with them tofind a new job can mean that registeredcandidates can be the first to hear about it and be the first to be put forwardfor interview if they match the credentials.

Writing your CV, ascovered throughout our last posts, can be a difficult task when trying toinclude and summarise a life time of work and achievements. Recruitmentconsultants when presenting you for a role, contact you to help extract anyextra information they feel would berelevant and combine this with your CV to re-write you a ‘candidateprofile’.  Sharing only the information that employers want to see to helpget you to the next stage!

Applying for rolesand waiting to hear back and often not hearing back at all can be incrediblydiscouraging. Feedback has shown that one of the main benefits of using aconsultancy is the communication throughout the process. Consistent updatesthrough email or phone ensures candidates aren’t left in the dark.

Tests. A dreaded,yet common stage of interviewing within financial services, often in the formof competency, numerical and occasionally role play. A recruitment consultantworking with a client knows what to expect. They know what kind of test toanticipate and the best ways to tackle it, all information that can help securethat coveted job role.

Finally, a benefitnoticed by both clients and candidates is the recruiter’s ability to spotcharacteristics and abilities that would make a candidate a clear fit for arole. Attributes that can’t be found through reading a CV or can be easilymissed.