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7 reasons to use an agency over applying direct

7 reasons to use an agency over applying direct

03 Jul 09:00 by Elena Joannides

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  1. Someone to sell you in. Using an agency gives you someone to sell you in. Selling yourself in is akin to a cold call, and while it is still vital you have the believe in yourself, an employer knowing that someone else also holds the belief that you are perfect for the role will put you in better standing.
  2. Proof read and format your CV. You might have read over your CV countless times but one more person to format and proof read your CV could make all the difference. Whether this is correcting a grammatical error, or simply finding a better way to format the content in order to put you in the best place to get that job.
  3. A pre built relationship. Your recruitment consultant is likely to have already have built a good relationship with the company, which most often includes visiting the offices, a meeting with the hiring manager, and is in regular telephone contact with them. You would be sending your CV to a stranger, whereas your Recruitment Consultant will be likely to know the names of the hiring manager’s children and what football team they support.
  4. Access to hidden markets. If we place someone, we know there is a job where they have left and we will pro-actively get on that before it is advertised to the public, or a hiring manager we have built a strong relationship with might come straight to their chosen recruitment agency to find them a fit for a job they have open and not advertise online at all. Think of registering with a recruitment company as joining a VIP club.
  5. Someone to negotiate salary on your behalf. If you apply using an agency, the agency can negotiate your salary and benefit expectations on your behalf, this will work in your favour because of the knowledge the consultant will have of the potential maximum salary, what the candidate has to offer to be offered that maximum. When negotiating your own salary, you may run the risk of asking for too much and putting the client off you entirely, or not asking enough when there was a chance of being offered more.
  6. Interview prep. Your recruitment consultant is there to help you with interview prep; you can google general interview tips till the cows come home but your recruitment consultant can let you know exactly what the hiring manager is after, from culture fit to qualifications and experience.
  7. Time saver. Your designated consultant can get to know the kind of job you want, the exact role and company that suits your skills and ideals, which saves you wasting your time trawling through job websites.