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5 Reasons you should use a recruitment agency for your new career

Kate Allen, Executive Chair and Marketing Director, Allen Associates

Amongst the many resolutions that people make at this time of the year, starting a new career and securing a new job are undeniably two of the most common. However, what may have sounded exciting during the holidays may be slightly more daunting once the festive season is over and it’s time to put your plans into motion. Faced with the prospect of landing the role of your dreams at the start of the year, it’s easy to put the hunt on hold – after all, job seeking is a notoriously time-consuming process.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a specialist recruiter working alongside you, your search for the perfect role will make for an exciting rather than stressful process. If you’re on the lookout for the first step in your new career, teaming up with an agency can help in more ways than one – and here are five to begin with:

1. Industry insights

Navigating the jobs market is a hazardous pursuit. The absolute last thing anybody looking for a new career wants to do is jump out of the frying pan straight into the fire. Getting burned in successive roles can really damage self-confidence and lower your overall morale.

By choosing to work with a recruiter, you can take advantage of their insider insight into whatever industry they may specialise in. They will have knowledge of which Employers have a great workplace ethic, and those who may have a more challenging culture. Armed with this kind of information, you can dodge the timewasters and job ads that are just too good to be true.

2. The Inside scoop

Most job seekers would agree that there is nothing worse than being left in the dark waiting for that illusive phone call or e-mail following an application. During this time, dedicated recruiters can act as the bridge between Employer and Candidate, providing frequent updates and feedback following a meeting as well as enlightening you before interview stages on top tips to secure that dream role.

3. Master negotiators

Nobody enjoys talking about salary – it’s the elephant in the room at the end of every interview, one that some Employers will avoid completely for fear of saying the wrong thing. Talking about salary demands in a high-pressure scenario with an exciting opportunity on the line can sometimes lead to Candidates accepting lower offers, and not being properly remunerated for their work.

Fortunately, salary discussions are part and parcel of the job of the recruiter: by opting to work with a specialist recruitment consultant, you can establish your salary aspirations prior to the interview – avoiding that awkward interaction and allowing more time to focus on the value you bring rather than your financial needs.

4. Time savers

Everyone knows that searching for a job can be an exhausting process both mentally and physically. Late nights scrolling through job-boards and databases after a hard day at work can be strenuous on the work/life balance. Working with a recruiter can alleviate these pressures as they keep hunting while you sleep (not literally, but you get the gist). The number one thing a recruiter likes to do is place a Candidate, as placing a Candidate = happy Client and Candidate, great job satisfaction and financial reward. Save yourself the time and effort in 2019.

5. A lasting relationship

While every recruiter wishes their placed Candidate well and hopes for a happy fit, there will likely come a time down the road where they may get itchy feet once again. Working with a recruiter who has previously placed you in a good role helps to skip past the introductory phase of the cycle. As a Candidate, you will already have trust in your chosen recruiter to provide a quality service and put your best interests at heart.

Over the last 20 years, we have grown as a business to become one of the leading independent recruitment agencies in Oxfordshire, and in 2018 have opened our first London office, to service Clients in the capital.

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