Thinking of using a recruiter for your next job search? A
good first step is having a clear understanding of how recruitment companies
work and what you can and can’t expect. Working with recruiters isn't just
about uploading a CV to a website and waiting for the phone to ring. A
recruiter is a candidate's best ally, but you need to remember that the job
search process is a partnership and will require efforts from all involved.
Here are some hints from recruiters themselves on how to get
the most out of the relationship and make the process as effective as possible.
Benefits of working with a recruiter
Understanding the job market: As a professional, you should
only want to work with industry
experts who understands your profession and the sector you work in. At
Communicate Recruitment we have specialist consultants in the Finance, IT,
Engineering, Freight and Supply Chain industries. These consultants have years
of experience and can consult with you, giving you industry insights, tell you
what companies look for when recruiting and what you can expect in terms of
We represent you: Recruiters have long-term relationships
with their clients and have earned trust over time. Recruiters know what the
key skills are that the hiring manager want at a specific company. Most
corporate job descriptions don’t really tell you what the manager wants, so
when you apply online, you aren’t necessarily attacking the right points.
Recruitment consultants have the skills and experience to be able to market you
above the other candidates and upon offer, negotiate the best package on your
We provide key information for interviews: Recruiters
speak to numerous organisations and have realistic insights into their needs
when they are recruiting. They have insight into what is going on inside the
employers’ organization, the culture, the structures and who the real decision
makers are. This information could be key in helping you prepare but also to
ensure you ace that all important interview.
Understand that recruiters can’t work miracles
Often time this is the key thing that job
applicants don’t understand. Recruitment consultants work for the employer
who pays them. They will go out of their way to help you, if they can, but at
the end of the day they work for the employer and don’t control the full
Recruiters are not the decision-maker determining whether
or not you get a job offer – Although recruiters often time have input
into the decision, depending on the organization and the relationship they
have, they are not the final decision maker for a job.
Recruiters actually also earns more money if they negotiate you a higher
salary package – If you expect a recruiter to represent
you it’s important to be completely transparent especially when it comes to
your salary. Recruiters will always be motivated to get you a higher salary,
not less. But often times because they have an idea of what the hiring
manager’s range is, they can help you come in at a number that works for you
and the client, which at the end will maximize your chances of getting a job.
Do your homework
Recruiters are representing you and acting on your behalf; your reputation
is tied directly to theirs. There are plenty of good recruiters out there, but
there are some unethical ones too. Credible recruiters will be members of APSO (Federation of African Professional
Staffing Organisations) and are bound by their Code of Ethics & Code of
Professional Practices. Before engaging with a recruiter do your homework and
find out about their credibility and reputation in the industry. It’s important
to be aware all APSO member agencies are forbidden from charging any fees to
job applicants. It’s therefore in your best interest to deal with agencies that
are registered with this association.
Keep in Touch
Recruitment consultants represents many clients and work with a lot of
highly skilled candidates. Good recruiters have sharp memories and never forget
a candidate when the right opportunity comes along. That said, they don’t
always have time to check in with you if there isn’t something to discuss.
Follow up with your recruiter on a regular basis and let them know how your job
search is going. By staying in contact you can gain valuable insight into your
performance during interviews and possibly get advice on ways to improve your
Like all industries there are unfortunately a few
individuals that gives the recruitment industry a bad name. Just because you
have one bad experience doesn’t mean you should write off all recruiters. Do
your research and reach out to recruiters, but understand what recruiters can
and can't do for you.
Whether you are a candidate urgently looking for a new job
or somebody looking to form a long-term career building partnership, talk to
us. Communicate Recruitment has a team of dedicated consultants specialising in
the Finance, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain and Freight industries.
They can connect you with Top Employers in South Africa while assisting you to
map both long and short term career objectives and advise you on what steps to
take to reach your ultimate career goal. Apply today.