Should I use a recruitment agency?

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

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

Firstly, specialist recruitment consultants working within a niche sector can offer extensive and quality advice related to a vast range of various job roles. They can offer advice on key players and companies within the sector and any relevant news and information relating to the niche markets. Removing the search and trawl through industry news and job boards for suitable roles!

Consultants having strong and developed relationships with contacts in various blue chip and recognised companies allows them to better sell candidates into roles perhaps they wouldn’t have found or considered before. In various cases clients work solely with recruitment agencies, so working with them to find a new job can mean that registered candidates can be the first to hear about it and be the first to be put forward for interview if they match the credentials.

Writing your CV, as covered throughout our last posts, can be a difficult task when trying to include and summarise a life time of work and achievements. Recruitment consultants when presenting you for a role, contact you to help extract any extra information they feel would be relevant and combine this with your CV to re-write you a ‘candidate profile’.  Sharing only the information that employers want to see to help get you to the next stage!

Applying for roles and waiting to hear back and often not hearing back at all can be incredibly discouraging. Feedback has shown that one of the main benefits of using a consultancy is the communication throughout the process. Consistent updates through 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 form of competency, numerical and occasionally role play. A recruitment consultant working with a client knows what to expect. They know what kind of test to anticipate and the best ways to tackle it, all information that can help secure that coveted job role.

Finally, a benefit noticed by both clients and candidates is the recruiter’s ability to spot characteristics and abilities that would make a candidate a clear fit for a role. Attributes that can’t be found through reading a CV or can be easily missed.

Recruitment Consultant (Technology Graduate) – Edinburgh

£18,000 to £22,000 plus bonus (OTE £30,000 plus)

JohnstonGreer was established in 2006 and is a leading recruiter within the Financial Services and Insurance sectors. The company is continuing expansion with the appointment of a Trainee Consultant for our Edinburgh location to develop the growing FinTech and InsurTech market locally in Scotland and UK wide.

You will be responsible for sourcing new business, candidate attraction, relationship building with new and existing clients, target achievement and the ongoing management of the recruitment process.

The successful candidate will be Graduate with an IT, Technology or Digital orientated degree interested in a developing their sales career. You will have excellent communication skills and the ambition required in a business with progressive growth plans.

If you are interested in this position please call the office on 0131 292 0777, complete the Send CV form or email your details to info@johnstongreer.co.uk. JohnstonGreer operates as an Employment Agency in providing permanent job seeking service.