Recruitment firms or headhunters are companies who serve as the middlemen between the employer and the job seekers. Companies hire them to outsource their recruitment needs to save time and resources.
Some applicants are hesitant to go through recruitment agencies when applying for a job because they thought the headhunter would get a cut from their salary or that the applicant would not be employed directly to the employer. But that is not the case since the recruitment firm’s ultimate goal is to find the most suitable applicants to the employer based on the latter’s requirements. Their job usually ends there. In fact, recruitment firms help job seekers in five ways:
- They can help you find the suitable employer.
It is the recruiter’s job to know how a company operates in a specific market. Hence, it’s easy for them to determine people who would fit, excel and progress in a certain industry and workplace. They can match you with an employer based on your work experience, preferred salary, schedule preferences, location and career path.
Also, a very clear advantage of working with recruitment firms is that your relationship with them doesn’t stop when you get hired or when you don’t. They can still offer you job opportunities later on.
- They can help you negotiate.
Since recruitment consultants are middlemen, they always want what’s best for both the employer and the applicants. Usually, they are given a certain range of the salary companies would offer. In case a certain candidate’s asking salary is beyond the range provided by the employer, the recruitment firm would try to negotiate the preferred salary of the applicant by stating what the positive things that the applicant can offer to the company.
- They respond to applicants fast.
One of the hardest parts when applying for a role is the waiting period. Some companies will tell you that you need to wait for at least two weeks to know whether you’ve made it to the next level or not. And let’s admit, sometimes, when it’s exactly two weeks later and we haven’t received a response yet, we get worried. You’d want to send a message to the HR and ask for an update. Thankfully, recruitment firms process applications faster than the usual. They’re also understanding enough to respond to queries of applicants any time of the day.
- They provide relevant feedback and advice.
Since recruitment firms do not take sides, they normally give honest feedback to applicants with regards to their interviews, exams and other pre-employment tests. Whether their feedback or advice is positive or quite negative, you can be assured that they are constructive and relevant to your growth as an individual and career person.
- They never run out of opportunities.
Since job openings are the bread and butter of recruitment firms, job seekers can easily come to their office or at least send their resumes online to be part of their pool of talents. The next thing you know is they’re already calling you for a job opportunity.
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