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Looking for a job can be a pretty tiresome process, especially with the number of mediums available and lengths you can go to find your next position. There's the traditional route, which means you can apply directly on a company's job listings page, but if you've applied for a job in the last 10 years, then you know there are other avenues. Whether you're attending career fairs, stalking social media accounts, checking on job sites like Indeed, using word of mouth, or networking, many people forget that there are another routes. It may seem old school, especially if you have a vast alumni network that you can interact with, but you can use a recruiter to land a job. All you have to know is how to work with them.
Recruiters are like job bloodhounds
Most recruiters get paid when you lock down a job, so they're going to make sure that their client is happy and employed. You don't have to pay a recruiter to find a job, because an employer does that, but the more people a recruiter gets hired, the better. Recruiters have connections with many hiring managers at some of the top companies. It's a given that your resume is probably substantial, and your cover letter is the perfect mix of boasting and bashful, but career managers have hundreds of resumes coming across their desk every week. This is where a recruiter can help.
Think of your dream companies, the type of companies people would kill to work for. These companies may seem elusive and harder to get into than an Ivy League institution, but if you have the connection of a recruiter they can help you get your foot in the door. Also, many recruiters have a list of specific roles that the public doesn't even know about or jobs that don't even hit the career sites. Having a recruiter in your pocket can open doors for you. All you have to do is create a good connection with the recruiter you're working with.
They will improve your chances of landing a job
One of the most stressful things about trying to find a job is the actual job search. No matter how much time you're putting in, the process can tire out the strongest of the bunch. That's where recruiters come in. It may be your number one priority to land a job, but you probably have other commitments throughout the day. It is a recruiter's job, however, to get people hired. Instead of talking to five or more companies in a week, a recruiter will use their networks and contact as many as 20 in a week.
How to get prepared
When working with a recruiter, the question isn't when you're going to land a job, it's if you're prepared to interview for this job. Recruiters are trained in filtering out candidates before they even try and get you an interview. That means your portfolios need to be in tip-top shape and you also need to be prepared for the interview process. Your interview process might look a bit different going through a recruiter than it would have been if you went through the traditional route.
Companies share with the recruiters what they are looking for in a candidate, and what they aren't looking for in a candidate. Say if you went through the process of trying to land a job by applying to the company website. You'll most likely need to go through three or more rounds of interviews to be considered for the position. By going through a recruiter, your conversations will be more focused on your skillsets, and it will seem like you're already on the second or third round of the interview process.
There's no error for slip-ups in any part of the interview process, but because things will be expediated working with a recruiter, you have to make sure that you are thoroughly prepared to interact with the company you want to work for in the future. Some recruiters will help you prepare for the interview process, so make sure to find a recruiter that is looking out for your best interests.
Allanah Dykes has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Politics from Fairfield University. She started her freelance career in 2016 and has written about how to land a job post-college, internships, and the interviewing process. She has pieces featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, and Popsugar.