What does a recruiter actually do?

Right, so you are seeking a new position or maybe you have just been made redundant. The chances are that you will look to speak to a recruiter. Do you really know what goes on behind the scenes in a recruitment agency and what their job is?


Where does a job come from?

Recruitment agencies operate by receiving a brief from a client generally describing a role they need filled within their company. Most agencies will have ongoing relationships with a client, so they know the ins and outs of their company values and culture.


How does a job get filled?

The recruiter is then tasked with finding the right candidate for that specific role. They must put forward the best candidates that match the brief which includes skills both soft and hard, work experience and if that candidate will fit in with the company’s values and culture. Recruiters use a variety of tools to help them find the best possible match including ATS systems or social channels and job advertisements. The recruiter then puts the best fitting candidates forward to the company to interview.


How does a recruiter get paid?

The recruiter will only get paid if the client offers the role to the candidate they have put forward. If the client hires internally or by a candidate emailing their CV direct to the company, then the recruiter does not receive any payment or commission.


How long does it take to fill a job?

A recruiter spends hours and even sometimes weeks searching for suitable candidates to put forward for interviewing. The challenge for the recruiter is that they can only offer the jobs that they have on to the type of candidate that their client is after. If you do not meet the requirements of the brief from the client then there is little the recruiter can do for a candidate. This can lead to a lot of frustration for the job seeker and in turn they may think that the recruiter doesn’t want to help.


Don’t give up!

Never take it personally! Not all recruiters are transactional and are genuinely working hard for their clients in order to sustain a long and strong relationship for future business and referrals. A recruiter only gets paid from their client, not a candidate, so they are doing their best to fill the needs of their client whilst still helping you with your CV or interviewing skills along the way.


What can you do to stand out?

To ensure you have the best shot at landing a role, make sure that you understand what the job description is asking for and ensure you get across why you think you would be the perfect match! Don’t forget that the person on the receiving end of your CV and cover letter knows nothing about you... this is your time to shine and highlight your relevant transferable skills and experience.


If you’re not sure where to start or need some tips, get in touch with one of our friendly consultants today.

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