The recruitment industry and recruitment agencies have been around for a very long time. Many view them as a ‘necessary evil’ that companies and candidates alike must do business with. After all, recruiters have access to some truly valuable and lucrative positions and without them many wouldn’t know where or how to look for what they are after.
Specialist Recruitment Companies Are a Good Way Forward
With most 'general' recruiters, the process is quite a simple one: contact the recruiter, answer some questions and provide details, send over a CV with your preferences and then await a swathe of jobs that they can/ will put you forward for.
There are specialist recruiters in almost all industries though. From marketing, to sales, banking and beyond, you can find a recruiter that specialises in jobs and roles in the industry you would like to enter.
Take the commodities industry as an example, there are a huge amount of specialised roles and positions. One can choose to become a trader in oils, grains, metals, agricultural products or even derivatives (Source: Redstone Commodity Search).
This is a model that works for some, but for others, can be quite disheartening and perhaps overwhelming. Being in the position of looking for work that is so badly needed can be a difficult place. The problem is that with so many ‘job offers’ provided, candidates can get lured into a false sense of security. It isn’t the case that just because they put the job to you, the recruiter can secure the position.
The fact is that the jobs they suggest are jobs that they have access to and can put you forward for, rather than just give to you. Also worth bearing in mind is that the recruitment industry relies heavily on commission and so going to a recruiter who claims to ‘know it all’ can be a dangerous plan. Agencies like that can try and sell you jobs in industries where your skills may not lie and where you may not thrive as you would like to.
This is where specialist recruitment agencies thrive and where they can provide you with not just a job, but a pathway to a career of your dreams. If you know what industry you are interested in, what kinds of positions you feel are suited to you and what type of company interests you, these recruiters have the skills, know-how and industry connections to ensure you go a very long way.
A Job is at Hand
However, for many, especially those at the beginnings of their careers and coming out of college and university, deciding what career path, let alone position to take is as daunting as it is overwhelming. All it takes is an idea of your direction and what you would like to strive towards. After all, recruiters in the UK are said to have a hand in the employment of over 1 million people per day.
For example, if a potential candidate is numbers and data focused, then a career in data and analytics may be the way ahead. However, if someone is more creative and ‘hands-on,’ then perhaps a career in marketing or project management may beckon.
Whatever your passion and desire, and as long as you have an idea of the type of job you might want, a recruitment agency in the correct industry can work wonders for you, your career and the life you build with the job of your dreams.
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