If you are new to the job market for any reason – you may be a new graduate or just never had to actively look for job opportunities – then understanding how a recruitment consultant can add value to your job hunt is crucial.

Recruitment consultants are intermediaries, but should also be hugely knowledgeable intermediaries. They should know their clients and their market inside out, which is invaluable in assisting you to find the perfect job, and then there is so much more that a good recruitment consultant can offer you:

  • Insight into different companies and their work environment
  • Advice on whether the company would suit what you are looking for
  • Market and sector knowledge to help guide you on decisions affecting your future
  • Realistic advice on the companies you are considering, what is it like working there, what are the people like
  • Specific details on client reputation, their future plans, their track record, and lots more.

A good recruitment consultant will offer careers advice to help you make the right short term and medium term moves to get you to where you want to be in the long term.  Your consultant should take the time to get to know you, and so be able to give ideas of different paths and options that you did not know about before, including:

  • CV layout and content, adapting it to ensure it makes an impact
  • LinkedIn profile and usage advice
  • Interview preparation. Virtual and face to face interviews can be daunting. Your consultant should fill you in fully on the role, the team, the company, the sector and who you are meeting.  They should also help you with interview technique and run through practices with you to make sure you represent yourself in the best possible light at interview.
  • Taking the time to really get to know you.  Your consultant will be representing you to companies so the time they spend getting to know you, your motivations and your ambitions is crucial.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Developing your understanding of what is available and what is happening in the wider market.
  • Negotiating for you at offer stage to get you the offer you want and the best possible package.
  • Advising you when it comes to your resignation process
  • Advising you on contracts and offer details.
  • Ensuring the run up to your start date is smooth and you have all the information you need.
  • Ensuring your first few weeks and months in your new job run smoothly.
  • Being available to discuss market changes or ideas whenever you get in touch

You may be surprised by how long the list of attributes a recruitment consultant relationship can bring to your wider search and career development.  It shows how much value a recruitment consultant can add to your job search, but you must ensure you find the right consultant to work with you.

Seek out a recruitment consultant that:

  • Specialises in your sector/market
  • Has a good track record – check their LinkedIn profile for recommendations and job history
  • Takes the time to communicate with you
  • Knows their sector well and the firms who recruit in it

Above all, you need to work with someone who is interested in forming a long-term working relationship with you – not just looking to make an easy fee by placing you, but someone who is looking to work with you throughout your career and then help you recruit when you are in a position to hire.

Consultants at Alan Mitchell are true specialist in the corporate finance, M&A and Equity research and sales sectors and all build long term working relationships.  If you are keen to find out more about how we could help you with your job search or with your future career ambitions then please do get in touch to arrange a confidential consultation with one of our consultants or researchers.   Please email Kathy Lambert – kathy@alan-mitchell.co.uk – or follow this link to see our current jobs.  We also offer a careers guidance service so if you would like some tailored careers advice and coaching to support you please follow this link to find out more.

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