Not all recruiters are created equal
We have been recruiting at full speed lately, working for some amazing employers to find awesome people, and we have some feedback from job seekers who have not had a good experience when applying for jobs (not our jobs). Here's some tips to work out if you are applying for the right roles.
Apply to vacancies that have a professional employment brand
This is a really simple way to test if the role is a quality permanent role. If there is no brand on the advert at all, ask yourself - can I / should I trust my personal details with an anonymous person?
- Look for a well-branded advert, and if it is from a recruitment specialist, look for two brands - the agency and the employer. If they advertise the employers brand, you can trust they are working closely together and will be looking after you well.
- Apply to opportunties where you understand the company, the role and how it fits your skills, your needs and your goals. This means the employer and the recruiter will be knowledgeable and will be able to answer your questions, as they are working together in a partnership approach.
- Consider roles where job descriptions and timelines are discussed (ask about them if not shared on adverts) - professional hiring managers and recruiters will have plans and be able to communicate those.
- Work with recruiters who have a bricks and mortar business - it is evidence of their professional history, presence and investment in their business. If they do not have a presence in your town you may ask "why not?"
- Avoid adverts that have no brand at all or use language like "my client", or do not have any way of contacting them other than just applying. How can you tell who is receiving your CV, and is it being treated professionally if it's a "blind advert"? Professional hiring managers and recruiters are happy to put you at ease so they get great people applying.
- Work with recruiters who share successes from past roles, companies and job seekers - it's an indication of how you can expect to be treated.
It's easy to spot the difference - you'll know when you get lots of communication without having to chase it. You'll be well-informed and feel well looked-after, and ultimately you'll be able to make a good decision about your career change.