This is Magda’s third blog in a series of four. Here Magda shares her insight into why a specialist Recruiter can help you in your career search for your next big move in Tech. Missed Magda’s first two blog’s? See them here and here.
Inbox flooded with emails about a “great opportunity” or “click here for a new career”? We appreciate how in-demand top tech talent are and how irritating it can be when you aren’t even looking for a new opportunity.
Whether you are actively looking for your next opportunity or are what we class as a passive candidate, sometimes the best opportunities appear when you least expect them.
So what to do when a recruiter contacts you about a position and you have no interest in changing jobs? Should you ignore that email or phone call? Or hear them out?
Here are five reasons to go ahead and talk with a specialist Tech Recruiter even if you think you aren’t interested.
1. You may actually be interested. and if you are, Recruiter’s will help you through the process.
Just because you are happy in your current job doesn’t mean you couldn’t be even happier in a different job. It is possible you aren’t even aware of jobs that are more interesting, rewarding or challenging as your current position.
Any good recruiter will assist you in improving your CV or portfolio. Interviews can be daunting, especially if it has been a while since you participated in one. Your recruitment consultant will help you to prepare, sharing their insight and experience about the company, its culture and the role, instilling you with confidence, and, after your interview with the employer, the recruiter can give you feedback. If successful, the Recruiter will then go on to negotiate the best deal for you.
2. Foster relationships with recruiters that may help later
Even if the job turns out to not be of interest to you, it can be an opportunity to build a relationship with a recruiter that may be helpful later on in your career. Once they get to know you and your career goals better, they can keep you updated on other, more suitable opportunities or be someone to call when you are ready to make a job change. Working with a specialist recruiter in the Tech sector not only means that they have a good understanding of your skills, qualifications and experience, it also means that they have their finger on the pulse of the industry.
So when an opportunity arises that fits your needs, background and aspirations, they will be amongst the first to know. What’s more, they’ve probably already successfully placed candidates in the companies you would like to work for, so have developed a trusted partnership with the hiring managers – something else you can take advantage of.
3.Help you better understand your career goals
As techies, we do not often have time to reflect on our careers, including talking about our strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures or thinking about where we want to be in five years.
These kinds of questions that come up in interviews and conversations with recruiters can be a good exercise in self-discovery and force you to take a step back and examine where you are in your career. Even if you decide you are happy and don’t want to make a move, you may learn that there are new skills you want to develop or projects you want to take on that will help you grow in your current position.
4. You can network on a larger scale and access more job opportunities
Think of your current job-search connections — past employers, friends, and family. Even if that group is large, it does not match the number that recruiters can reach.
When you send a resume to an HR department, you rely on that document to be considered for the job. But if a recruiter thinks you are a good fit for their client, you have someone in your corner.
Recruiters spend a lot of time making connections through databases, phone calls, and face-to-face networking. By using a recruiter during your job search, your network grows exponentially.
Did you know that not all open positions are posted on job boards? Some companies only post available jobs on their websites. Others strictly rely on third-party sourcing agencies to find candidates. You could be missing out on opportunities by only relying on job-search websites.
Recruiters can point you towards openings that are hard to find. They can give you access to jobs that are confidentially advertised or not yet posted on the internet. With more options to apply to, you have a better chance of receiving the job offer you want.
5. You stay in a database.
Even if you aren’t hired for the first potential match, you stay in the recruiter’s database. Your resume isn’t tossed if an offer doesn’t pan out immediately. Instead, you’re kept on the recruiter’s radar for future positions.
Though you might think your information will get lost in a huge pool of candidates, that’s not the case. Recruiters use systems that make sorting candidates easy. The software pulls specific information from your resume and matches it to relevant jobs. When the right opening comes along, it’s likely your resume will surface.
If you’d like to explore how we can help you find your next career move contact our Technical Consultant Magda King on 01392 790725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.