Why use a recruitment agency to find a job?

When you start looking for a job, it can often be an extremely overwhelming process with many people not knowing where to start. As an active job seeker there are an array of options out there to make use of, but none are quite as beneficial as reaching out to a recruitment agency and making use of their services. But what benefits really are there for using an agency as opposed to doing it yourself? Well, there are a variety of advantages, some of which include:

  • Them being completely free to you as a job seeker!
  • They can open a large network of clients that are actively looking for staff.
  • Some vacancies will only be given to recruitment agencies.
  • There is always going to be an agency that specialised within your industry.
  • Many agencies will offer tools to assist job seekers (things like CV Writing).

I’m sure this all sounds great in theory, but it’s not entirely one-sided and the job seeker will need to put in some work themselves to make the most of utilising a recruitment service. You need to liaise with your recruiter on a consistent basis to ensure you’re kept updated with the process, as well as to ensure they have any relevant information they need, such as your availability to interview.

Recruiters will save you time! Think about it, how many hours on average do you think you’ve spent searching through job boards and sending off applications to never hear back? Well by using a recruiter, you will heavily split up the workload. They know what is out there, they know what is on offer with all of their clients and devote a large amount of time to making sure these jobs are getting filled. By going through a recruitment agency, you save yourself a lot of time and effort that you might need to commit towards your current job, family, or other obligations while still seeing some massive progress in your job search due to the time committed by the recruiter on your behalf.

As mentioned before, recruitment agencies often have massive networks which they can make use of, from their work databases, relationships with previous or current clients and candidates, etc. which they can effectively utilise to find the right opportunity out there for you, while also helping you to build your own personal network in the process. Even if your own personal network is already large enough, it is highly unlikely that it reaches the number that most recruiters can achieve.

One of the most important things when it comes to working with recruiters is that they will almost always help to guide you through the entire process of job seeking. From the initial conversation you have with them, to you starting with your new job, recruiters are there to assist you every step of the way. A good recruiter strives to provide the best candidates for the clients they work with in order to maintain good relationships with them in the future, so you can trust that they will do everything possible to secure you the position. They are also the masters at helping you to improve multiple aspects of your job seeking tools, from your resume, portfolio and other applicant documents, a recruiter will help coach you through improving both your written and verbal skills in preparation for the job search.

Another big benefit of working with a recruiter is that they have insider knowledge on job opportunities that you may not be able to find on a job board. Some companies only post certain jobs on their website or job boards and utilise third-party recruitment agencies to cover the remaining vacancies that are often much harder to fill than the others. With a recruiters insider knowledge of hard to find roles, there are more options available to you which highly increases your chances of receiving an offer that you’re happy with. Therefore, you can actually be missing out of some great opportunities by only relying on your own job searching methods.

All in all, we make hiring easy, It’s really as simple as that!

On that note, we at Vivid Optical are committed to providing an exemplary service to anybody interested in a new opportunity within Optics. If this is something of interest, feel free to reach out to us at hi@vivid-optical.co.uk or give us a call on 0207 952 6677.