How Might a Recruiter Help You with Your Long-Term Career…Not Just Your Next Job?

In many ways, recruiters are a hidden resource. Sure, companies know to hire staffing firms to do the difficult and time-consuming work of finding candidates. In fact, it’s these businesses who pay the fees of staffing firms, making the recruiter’s work for you completely free. Most job seekers know that when a recruiter calls, they have a job that may interest them. But what you might not realize is that recruiters can help you with mor than your next job. Recruiters can help you with your long-term career goals.

How Can Recruiters Help Your Career?

Professional recruiters are some of the most highly networked people in the labor market today. Recruiters spend all day—literally—building their connections. This means they are an excellent resource for you beyond your next job. The relationship you build with a recruiter can last a lifetime—or at least as long as you have a career in your field. How does this work, exactly.
First, recruiters tend to specialize in specific areas of expertise. Some technical recruiters specialize in the IT industry. They know a lot about the work environments, projects, and initiatives of companies hiring technology talent. There are HR recruiters who specialize in finding you the perfect professional home where you’ll be valued. Some recruiters focus on staffing for warehouses, supply chain, and light industrial labor. If you want to work your way up the chain in a warehouse or inventory job, make friends with a good recruiter who can stay alert to new opportunities.

Recruiters are the direct conduit to new companies who haven’t even posted their jobs yet. Did you know 80% of jobsnever even make it onto a job board? If you’re trying to build your career, start with a recruiter in your field, who has access to these hidden jobs.

Recruiters also can provide you with smart tips on the job market. They have details about salary ranges for a variety of roles that may fit your skills. If you’re thinking about going into a new field, consider talking with a recruiter about the career opportunities in that area. You’ll hear more on-the-ground details about what is going on with the market than you would if you are researching on your own.

If a recruiter likes you and thinks you’re a good candidate, they are, in effect, endorsing and sponsoring you to the employer. They are the conduit to the hiring team at the company you’re trying to get into. A good recruiter will also take time to give you feedback on how your resume looks or how your interview went. These tips will help you improve your interview game. Ultimately, it’s a great way to improve your chances of finding a better career.

Looking for Your Next Career Move: Talk to PrideStaff Thousand Oaks

The PrideStaff Thousand Oaks recruiting team is standing by to help you make the next career move. We offer our candidates all of the benefits we talked about in this article—and more. Contact us today and start down the path toward a better job and a better life.