The recruitment industry overall, gets a bad press for several reasons. They cold-call thousands of people on a daily basis, they reach out via email and social media platforms endlessly and once they get you on the phone, it often seems like you can never hang up or leave the call. Even when you do hang up, unless you signed up specifically to be recruited, there is always the concern of where they got your details from, who they will pass them on to and when they will be back in touch with a job they say is suitable but which you feel couldn’t be further away from what you want.
The truth of the matter is that most people do not like recruiters at all. That is however, until you find a good one who does what they say they will do with zero fuss and for a job that you love. One of the ways to make sure that the recruiter of choice is suitable for you and your precise needs is to find a specialist recruiter or recruitment agency.
There are specialists in every industry and in all areas and recruitment is no different. A specialist will be able to give you the ideal amount of attention and will guide you through the process, ending with a secure and enjoyable job for many years to come. Your preferences can also be as specific as you like with these recruiters. For example, Psychology People recruit in the Psychology industry and can find jobs as specific as a part time or locum educational psychologist for the right candidates.
It is always important to bear in mind that most if not all recruiters work on a commission and retention basis. This means that the recruiter trying to secure you that job is getting paid a basic salary which gets topped up with bonuses and commissions based on their employment success rate.
This means that jobs that are marketed to you as being too good to be true probably are. It isn’t uncommon for some less successful and more desperate recruiters to tell you that as a new graduate you could earn more than £100,000 in your first year and you set your own goals and prospects. Scratching beneath the surface in these cases usually ends up with a reality of a very low paid job with the potential of uncapped commission. However, unless you already know the ropes and without the right training, you won’t know where to start, let alone earn £100,000.
Furthermore, because the fees and commissions paid to recruiters come from the employer, who will be paying them to find the ideal candidate to fill a position, there will be stipulations on all parties. The most pressing stipulation tends to be that the candidate stays in the job for a predetermined length of time, say 6 months before the commission is paid. This is to ensure that unnecessary recruitment is totally avoided.
All in all though, recruiters aren’t all that bad. Use them, but do so wisely.
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