Lately Regularly, I notice a fair bit of negativity towards Recruiters & Agencies, which half of the time, is utter nonsense. So, sharing a few personal experiences & work ethics, I hope to shed some light on the problem... From a Recruiters point of view!
As a recruiter, I take the time to get to know all about my candidates, from previous job roles, interests & quirks, to the name of their first car and the song they sing in the shower. For all the sceptics out there - No, I'm not planning to hack their bank accounts or guess answers to their secret questions… I just enjoy talking to people and learning new things.
"I believe that building strong and trusting relationships with a handful of candidates is much more valuable than 5-minute conversations with 100 candidates and firing volumes of CVs out to clients."
Let's put this to bed!
Not all recruiters are the same! Yes, there's a lot of greedy, inconsiderate ones, that's life! However, there's many genuine recruiters out there, who actually DO give a s**t about you and your career, they really do want to help you succeed.
Here's a few reasons I love recruiting. Hopefully, it will help you understand that it isn't all £ signs, we're not all the same... For the purpose of this blog, ‘the candidate’ will be referred to as ‘Alf’.
Overall, Be Selective - Not Dismissive!
As a candidate you should be selective with who you work with, some people are #?£@’s! I won't bore you with the number of
Alf's I’ve worked and became friends with, or bang on about recruiters not all being money grabbing leeches. So, here's what to look for in a good recruiter:
- How easy is it to develop a relationship with your recruiter? You should be able to talk freely about your career goals, what's important and whats not or queries you may have, so they can meet your requirements and ensure a positive outcome.
- Work with recruiters who specialise in your specific industry and actively network with the people you want to meet. A good recruiter should be there to create conversation, guide you to success and open doors that you didn’t know existed.
- Are they available? Recruitment is not a 9-5 job, your recruiter should make themselves available as much as possible. It's easy nowdays to drop a text/ email or take 2 minutes to make a 'good luck' call, If they can't accomodate to your availability, chances are, they aren't committed!