How recruiters can help you secure your next career move

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 by The MSS teamNo comments



If you’ve decided it’s time to look for a new job this year, you couldn’t have chosen a better time. Hailed the ‘year of the job seeker’, 2017 has seen job vacancies rise, unemployment drop, and the pay increases for job seekers expected to the highest it’s been for eight years.

But with more opportunities available, it may be hard to know where to start.

Working with a professional recruiter can make the whole process less overwhelming and more efficient. Ultimately, it’ll increase your chances of getting in front of the employers you most want to work with.

Here are six reasons why:

  1. They have better connections

    Recruiters have a much more extensive network than the average candidate and actively seek out or get approached with opportunities that aren’t publicly advertised. Which means you’ll have access to a much wider range of high quality jobs. They’re also likely to have built relationships with hiring managers who trust the recommendations they put forward, increasing your chances of getting an interview. This is particularly the case with us - many of the businesses MSS People work with we have done so both in our capacity as recruiters but also our consulting division, which has been operating for over 50 years.

  2. They can help you clarify your goals

    A recruiter can help you pinpoint your ideal job role and career goals, as well as advise you how to achieve them. They can also help you decide whether now is the right time to move jobs, or whether you’d be better off building your skills and trying in a few months’ time. It’s not in their interest to give you false promises, so you can expect them to be honest about how realistic your ambitions are.

  3. They have insider knowledge

    A good recruiter will be up to date and can keep you posted on the latest trends in your area of expertise, as well as providing guidance on the salary you can expect. Because of the relationships they’ve built with hiring managers they generally have a much better idea of the organisational work culture and the skills required. So, you’ll be much better off when it comes to deciding if the role is right for you.

  4. They provide valuable support services

    The whole job searching process can be gruelling and stressful; having someone who shows you how to bring out your strengths and minimise your weaknesses can make a big difference. Good recruiters are transparent and will expect you to be too. Which means you can be completely upfront about why you want to leave your current role and trust that they’ll do everything they can to avoid you ending up in the same position again.  Also, a recruiter will help you update and finetune your CV so it brings out your best and most relevant skills for the job. They’ll also help you prepare you for the interview. 

  5. They give you a foot in the door

    A recruiter won’t recommend you for a role unless they think you’re right for it, so if they do put you forward for interview you can be confident you’re in with a good chance. They’ll be much better able to ‘sell’ your skillset – including soft skills that can be difficult to get across in a CV or conventional job application. In short, you’ll have a much better chance of your application progressing.

  6. They’re responsive

A big complaint we run into with candidates when we first meet them is that they’ve not had any feedback from interviews or applications. With a recruiter, you’ll always get constructive feedback on how you performed which you can use to improve and further your job search.

At MSS People, candidates come first. We don’t want to find you just any job, we want to make sure it’s one you love. To find out more about how we can help you, get in touch with us today.


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