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Everything You've Ever Wanted to Ask a Recruiter

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2020. This is it, this is the year when you find the job of your dreams, take on a new challenge & get the career you deserve & have always dreamed of.

The 1st step is assessing your options, so let’s take a look at them, you can:

  • Search & apply to roles online yourself, or through your own personal or professional relationships
  • Work with a recruiter
  • Speak with your current company & push for a change & growth internally.

In Ireland in 2018, over 65% of high-skilled professionals found their new roles through working with a Recruitment Consultant*. With 50% of HR Manager’s saying finding qualified candidates is their biggest challenge, and with “traditional jobs boards and advertisements are ineffective”*, they are using recruitment agencies to find the best talent for them.

With this in mind, it’s likely you’ll work with a recruitment consultant at one point in your life. Below I have explained everything you’ve ever wanted to ask recruiters (but were too afraid to ask):

Your Recruiter Questions Answered

Q. 1 Do I have to pay?

Thinking you have to pay a recruiter is one of the most common misconceptions about recruitment. No, you have not got to pay a cent for working with a recruiter. Speak with a few and find one that will truly commit to you. Build this relationship and they will be able to help you throughout your career.

Q. 2 How does recruitment work?

Recruitment agencies first existed in the 1930s, when companies needed support to backfill positions left by soldiers gone to WWII. After this, the industry was kept to find returning veterans work it all snowballed from there.

The business model of recruitment is a service industry. For example, a newly opened restaurant is looking for a good chef, they put up an ad but they are not receiving qualified applicants. They then call me, a Recruitment Consultant and ask can I help find a chef with experience in Japanese cuisine, with 3 years experience etc. At this point, the restaurant & recruiter agree on terms.

Recruiters work for commission, so a company agrees to pay a % of the hired candidates overall base salary, averaging about 15%. The recruiter goes off to Linkedin or their own personal networks, puts 3 qualified Chefs in front of the restaurant owners, they are happy and offer 1 person the role. They accept the job with a Salary of €30,000. The restaurant pays the recruiter 15% of 30,000 = €4,500. That’s how it works!

Q. 3 Does a recruiter work for me?

Yes and no. A recruiter is paid by the company, therefore they are employed and work for the company.

However, a good recruiter will meet you to understand your skills and passions. With this info, they’ll use their experience to get the absolute best role for you. Recruiters can also get you interviews with companies you could never access by yourself and will negotiate you a far better salary than the company would offer you alone.

So if you are skilled and seeking support, reach out to an experienced Cpl Recruiter. They will do a lot of the hard work for you, that’s what we do – as a company we have 30 years of combined experience and we’re extremely good at it.

Q. 4 What should I prepare before meeting a recruitment consultant?

Keywords and what you want from your next role. You will achieve or miss out on your dream job by keywords. Look at your day to day, what machines do you use? What tasks do you do?

Continuously update your CV & Linkedin every time you have a learn a new skill e.g. management, particular software or duties.

You should also have an idea of what you are looking for. Recruiters will help you with how to ace an interview, company knowledge and gaining you the best salary but we’re not career advisors.

Know what work you want to do, what salary you are looking for and exactly what skills and experience you have before the meeting and it will push things along greatly.

Q. 5 Why don’t I receive replies from recruiters?

On average a recruitment consultant will make 20-30 calls a day and about the same amount of emails. At any given time we’re working about 10 different jobs and actively speaking with candidates for each.

For this reason, a lot of the time a recruiter’s workload is dictated by what they are working on. So if you are seeking assistance from a recruiter for a role they aren’t currently working, or career advice, they might not be able to respond due to the heavy workloads they have.

In relation to feedback on interviews, many times, though we try our best, companies aren’t in the position to give specific feedback, so if you don’t hear back from recruiters, feel free to send a follow-up email. However, given the time restrictions and demanding nature of the work sometimes there may not be a response every time.

Q. 6 How can I tell if a recruiter is good?

A good recruiter knows the industry they recruit for and will be able to talk freely about technical aspects of roles. They should be able to converse with you easily and give strong advice on where to take your career in the current market.

A good recruiter is one who supports you, assists you with interview preparation, gives you insights into the company and keeps in contact frequently enough throughout the recruitment process.

Q. 7 What do recruiters look for on LinkedIn?

On LinkedIn recruiters search for keywords, e.g. projects, skills, machines or systems that you use. I’d recommend looking on Linkedin for jobs you’d like and looking at what the key duties, skills and experience they’re looking for.

If you have that experience use these keywords on your own Linkedin profile. Within your work experience include the machines, programs, processes, role titles and duties you did and this is how you’ll be found by recruiters.

Q. 8 Should I use a Recruitment Consultant?

Yes! In the next 10 years studies show that of 60% of high-skilled roles will be sourced exclusively through recruiters.

A recruiter will help you gain industry knowledge, tips, tricks and support to help you find a role that suits you. I work almost 100% roles that aren’t advertised online, we will give you inside access to places no one else has access too and it won’t cost you a cent.

But be wary, not all recruiters are qualified and skilled. Press hard on them and see what their knowledge is and what their motivations are.

Like any industry there are good and bad but given that people on average have 5 jobs in their lifetime, you’re likely to work with them, so get the best!

If you are working in the Science industry in Ireland and looking for a new opportunity contact me I’d be happy to help.

If you’re interested in a role within a different industry you can view all our teams and contact details here and job opportunities our recruiters are working on currently on our job board.