Whether you’re hunting for a job or a business hunting for a new employee, it can be a time-consuming (and often disheartening) process. Sifting through online job sites for hours on end or spending days whittling down piles of CVs and job applications can be enough to send even the most dedicated, patient people off the deep end. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be this way…

The professionals swoop in to save the day

We all know it is best to work with people who are experts in their field, but often we don’t know the full advantages of working with a recruiter when it comes to finding top talent, or the perfect role. In this blog, we’ll talk about the benefits of working with a professional, and give you some great tips for job hunters or businesses on how to work successfully with a recruiter.

The benefits of working with a recruiter

There’s the age-old Kiwi mentality that dictates “if you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself”. We respectfully disagree, and here’s why. You wouldn’t rewire your whole house unless you were an electrician or had watched at least 30 hours of YouTube tutorials and obtained some very specialised knowledge of how it works. Likewise, you wouldn’t bake your kid’s Spiderman themed birthday cake unless you had some experience with baking cakes, some knowledge of basic physics, and had the patience of a saint.

What we’re getting at here is, leave it to the experts! Professional recruiters have years of experience matching the right talent with the right roles. They specialise in specific industries and have often worked in them for years themselves, so they know what kind of people are needed for different types of roles. Their job is to get to know you, what you’re looking for, and what skills you’re bringing to the table. The result is happier people in roles they’re best suited to, and companies with employees whose values and skills align with what they’re after.

Top tips to help you get the best results

  1. Clear and honest communication: Not all news needs to be good, but all news is appreciated. People like to be kept in the loop, and to know where they stand. That goes for both job hunters, and businesses looking to hire. At the end of the day, it’s about finding the best career move or the right person for the job, whether the role is through your recruiter or not.
  2. Utilise their experience: Recruiters speak to clients and candidates day in and day out – make the most of their knowledge and ask the important questions to gather more insights, i.e. salary ranges for your skills, what the market is doing, CV feedback, or if you’re presenting your company in the best light to attract good quality people.
  3. Be timely with your replies: The early bird gets the worm! Jobs and candidates move fast, and it’s often the people who are quick off the mark that have the most success. Be ready to make changes or adapt and try to be available for conversations as soon as they come up.
  4. Think about your goals: Whether you’re looking for an employer or an employee, consider your short and long term goals for the next role. If you know exactly what you’re after and what success looks like, it’ll help to determine which companies or candidates are best suited to this one.

Looking for your next career move, or for your next star employee? We understand the importance of having the right people in the right roles at the right time, and with years of industry experience and success stories under our belts, we’ve got your needs covered. Speak to one of our specialist consultants to see how our unique approach to engineering, architecture, and construction recruitment can work for you.