The internet is crawling with pesky recruiters spamming inboxes with irrelevant job descriptions. Here are five reasons why a niche recruiter can enable, not annoy you in your job search.
Reason 1: Recruiters want to help you
You have probably heard it before… recruiters are paid by companies and therefore, work only for the benefit of companies. Yet the job of a recruiter entails filling open positions with optimal talent and that would not be possible without striving to place talent in the right roles. Therefore, a recruiter’s reputation, on both sides of the transaction, is based on how well the placed talent fits the position. In a free marketplace, great recruiters dominate.
Reason 2: Recruiters are guides to the hidden job market
Most jobs do not actually surface on generic job boards. Open positions often don’t even make it out the door of a company, only circulating internally. Where does a good niche recruiter come in? Reliable and well-versed recruiters have access to jobs that are not on the market. They have connections who inform them first when positions open up. Going through a recruiter opens up more job opportunities and the best of all: if a recruiter does not place talent with one job, this does not signal a dead end. Recruiters keep the opportunities coming.
Reason 3: Recruiters have niche industry knowledge
There are countless terms, abbreviations, and nomenclature that make up the vocabulary of a specific industry. Finding a niche recruiter who speaks that language fluently is incredibly beneficial to finding an excellent placement. When a recruiter knows all the little details about an industry, you can rest assured that the recruiter also knows the value of your skills and qualifications,. Having a realistic gauge on talent, and a deep understanding of how skills stack up in the marketplace, will save time and energy in a comprehensive search.
Reason 4: Recruiters are a bigger resource than you think
A good niche recruiter is more than someone who can get you a job interview. A good recruiter knows intimately what you are up against. From coaching to resume review and interview preparation, a recruiter’s services span the entire job search spectrum, giving you more confidence in your value, and a leg up on your competition.
Reason 5: Recruiters are there from start to finish
A good recruiter knows when the job is really done. While some recruiters leave as soon as the new job is secured and signed for, a good recruiter is there through the procurement stage. After the interview is nailed and the company officially wants to hire you, recruiters will lead talent through salary, vacation, and bonus negotiations. These are often conversations that are difficult to have with a new employer; gauging a reasonable deal can be tricky. Good recruiters who know the companies, industry standards, and what you, the talent, are worth, will know how to get you the best deal. Recruiters are also great resources for drafting that all-important resignation letter, helping you leave respectfully and gracefully, with all your bridges intact.
You will encounter many different recruiting styles throughout your career. But, when you do find that recruiter who knows the ins-and-outs of your industry, how you add to that industry, and what that is worth, you will know just how smooth your transition to a new position can be.
You may be thinking to yourself now… are there recruiters to find niche recruiters?