With jobs still hard to come by and unforgiving time constraints on increasingly busy people in today’s modern world, more and more jobseekers are turning to recruitment agencies to help pair them up with their perfect role.
You can spend all the money on advertising you want, but it’s word of mouth that really makes the difference. Hook candidates up with their dream job and companies with their ideal candidate and they’ll be singing your praises for weeks – which can only mean good things for your business.
Here are a few pointers to put your recruitment agency on the road to success:
Superb CV guidance
Crafting the perfect CV is so much more than listing previous jobs and experience and detailing any qualifications that have been amassed over the years. Cover letters and CVs are the first things a company looks at to assess a candidate’s suitability, so you need to be an expert in highlighting all the right things. Relevance is the key here: vocational training pertinent to a particular position provided by a company like TutorCare should be detailed clearly, any careers gaps must be explained and insist candidates keep it to two A4 pages.
The recruitment business is all about selling vacancies to jobseekers and candidates to companies. Therefore you must be able to articulate why a certain role in a particular company presents a great opportunity and, once candidates are on board, persuade the company after the whittling down process that the resulting crème de la crème really are the perfect fit. The ability to present opportunities and candidates in the best light is crucial to success, and both candidates and companies will appreciate your efforts when they can see you’re working hard to provide the best match.
Personable and approachable
There’s no doubt about the sales element to recruitment; effectively you are marketing vacancies and candidates to jobseekers and businesses. However, you should aim to strike a balance between the salesperson in you and the more human side – being friendly, approachable and a great listener will get people on side. By creating an open, friendly and communicative relationship with candidates, their experience will be enhanced, making your agency stand out from the competition.
Glass half full
Job hunting is a tiring procedure; in fact some say looking for a job is a full-time job. Searching for jobs can take its toll on people, especially if they have been on the lookout for a long time. Taking a ‘glass half full’ approach to job hunting is crucial in this customer-facing environment to motivate clients and inspire optimism – and it’s important to maintain this attitude even when neither client nor candidate seems to be biting as this, in addition to sheer hard work, will lead to ultimate success.