By Mike Thacker-Cooke
15th February 2017

As a recruitment consultant I spend much of my day on LinkedIn and often see the standard ‘recruitment consultants are evil, horrible and terrible at their jobs’ post. And believe me I get it, there are some terrible recruiters out there, I’ve been on the wrong end of it myself. I guess the same goes for any industry though; there are good and bad everywhere. But… if you can find a good recruiter there are many benefits to using a good specialist recruitment consultant over applying for a role direct or even using a generalist agency.

My colleague wrote an article on why companies should use specialist agencies to help fill their vacancies. I want to look at how, as a candidate, you can benefit from using one.

Specialist Knowledge

This one tends only to be applicable to specialist agencies, but any recruitment consultant worth their salt that specialises in a specific field will dedicate time to training and learning on the professed focus.

As a minimum a consultant can hold their own in a conversation with a candidate, but the better ones will have a detailed understanding of the market and be able to provide advice on how best to go about your job hunt in the current climate.

Client Relationship

Often a recruitment consultant will have worked with a specific company and even a specific hiring manager for years and will understand what they look for when they are hiring, this can give you the inside track when you are going up against direct applications. Often a consultant can give you tips and tricks when it comes to the interview stages along with information that will set you apart from your competition.

No Cost

Someone is going out of their way to contact you with an opportunity which will quite often result in better work, money, location and work life balance. And they are doing all of this with absolutely no expectation of payment from you.

Sometimes the consultant gets it wrong and calls you with a Java Developer role when you have 10 years .NET experience but good ones will go out of their way to understand your profile and CV and will approach you with roles that they honestly believe could be of interest to you.

Know the Best People

It’s our job to network, in essence we are match makers and over a period of time we build a number of relationships which can benefit you when it comes to looking for a new position. Although sometimes we may not have the right role for you, we may know the right people to talk to.

Exclusive Roles

Again this depends on the relationship between the client and the agency but often a consultant will recruit for a role on an exclusive basis which means that they, for better or worse, are the only way you can apply for that role. For the better consultants this means they will dedicate more time to work on an exclusive role and be able to go out of their way to understand the position and pass on this information to you.

The one main benefit I would say with using a specialist agency is it is all about you, the candidate. The recruiter will know the industry, the role and the client inside out and will be able to fit you to that perfect job depending on your expectations.

Specialist Recruiter

Do you have experience of working with a specialist recruitment agency? I would love to hear your opinions in the comments below.

KDR Recruitment is the home of the UKs best Information Management and Analytics jobs. For more career advice follow KDR on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The blog was originally published on LinkedIn. To read the original article click here.

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