Working with a Recruiter: Supercharge your Job Search

Have you considered possibly working with a recruiter? While “head-hunting” firms have not had the best reputation traditionally, most agencies today have a candidate-focused culture that centers on respect and camaraderie. Agencies like Jaykay focus on building long-lasting relationships with their candidates. Whether your goal is long term employment at one facility, or a variety of eight week travel assignments, recruiters can make all the difference in achieving your career goals. Regardless of your career path, here are the top 3 reasons why working with a recruiter can supercharge your job search.

One-stop shop

Why spend hours online combing through countless job boards and listing websites when your recruiter has a multitude of opportunities at hand? Recruiters and their partner companies often have huge lists of openings just waiting for the ideal candidate. Does that mean you will have a new job by next week? Not necessarily.

While your recruiter has access to a wide variety of placement possibilities, the true availability will be determined by your resume and qualifications, the specific requirements of the position and what you are looking for from your next position- i.e. thing such as scheduling and salary. The more flexible you are, the more likely you will be placed in a position sooner, rather than later.  Either way, it is important to remember that working with a recruiter affords you the convenience of a “one-stop shop” versus endless solo job searching.

A friend on the inside

When submitting your resume via a company website or job board, you have no choice but to rely solely on your resume to get you in the door. You hit “send” and are left questioning whether it was received- let alone whether it is good enough to stand out from the hundreds of other resumes being submitted.

When working alone, there is no one connecting with the hiring manager and advocating on your behalf. When you are working with a recruiter, they are your friend on the inside. They make sure the hiring manager sees your resume. Your recruiter will help your candidacy stand out and give you a voice you would not have otherwise. If a hiring manager has any hesitations, your recruiter becomes your advocate.

The state of your resume

Be honest. When you are applying for positions, do you slack on customizing your resume each time you apply to a new opportunity? Or are you one to over edit, fearing that your resume is never quite good enough? When you have an unsuccessful interview, do you often wonder where you went wrong? Working with a recruiter will provide you advice and insight not available when flying solo.

Your recruiter will provide advice on creating the most desirable resume for your intended position. After all, they see more resumes than most people can imagine, while knowing what will stand out to the hiring manager. Who better to offer advice on the state of your resume? They can debrief with you following your interview, as they are typically provided with feedback. Working with a recruiter is a great opportunity to learn and grow as a candidate.

Okay, I am sold. Now what?

Once you decide you want to work with a recruiter, how do you go about finding one. One of the first things to consider is your career field. Do you work a high-demand field such as the medical or I.T. fields? Often, there are specialized staffing agencies (such as Jaykay) that focus on niche employment markets. If you are not able to locate a niche employment agency for your chosen career, there are several reputable ones that staff a variety of different career fields.

Next, once you have chosen a recruitment agency, developing a rapport with your recruiter is important. While candidates are typically assigned based on certain criteria, an agency’s top priority is the needs of the candidate. Your recruiter should want to learn about your goals and what you are looking for in your next placement. If you are struggling to connect with your recruiter, ask to speak to a supervisor. Unfortunately, sometimes personalities just do not mesh as well we would hope they would. However, those situations are usually few and far between.

Time to get started 

You’ve agreed to work with a recruiter and you are now in the midst of the application process. Our list of dos and don’ts of working with a recruiter will help you navigate this new relationship. If you are a medical professional still looking for a staffing agency, we invite you to contact us. We would love to share with you the ways Jaykay Medical Staffing can help you achieve everything you are looking for in your career.