Despite the good work they do, many people are hesitant to work with a recruiter. They may have had a bad experience in the past, or maybe they don’t know what to expect. But recruiters can be an excellent resource for any job seeker. 

Whether you’re starting your job search or have already been contacted by a recruiter about an opportunity, here are 5 reasons you should work with a recruiter:

Not Every Job is Posted Online

Did you know that 80 percent of open jobs aren’t publicly advertised? That’s because many companies either hire internally or work with a recruiting firm. 

Instead of spending the time, money, and effort it takes to source and vet candidates, many employers choose to work with a recruiting firm like Burchard & Associates. Working with a staffing firm frees employers up to handle their day-to-day, letting recruiting firms do what they do best — find the best candidate for the open position. 

When employers work with a staffing firm, many do it on an exclusive basis, meaning the don’t post the job online or let other staffing firms try to fill the job. If you forgo working with a staffing firm as a job seeker, you miss out on this “hidden job market.”

Faster Hiring Process 

The average hiring process now takes about 24 days — a frustratingly long time for many job seekers. 

It’s understandable, though. Employers who are not working with a staffing firm have to take on all the responsibilities of hiring on their own in addition to their normal tasks. Recruiters, on the other hand, are only focused on finding the candidates for the position. This allows the employer more time to focus on choosing a candidate to hire, therefore speeding up the hiring process. 

Honest Feedback 

As a job seeker, you know the frustration of feeling as though you nailed an interview only to hear nothing back from the employer. 

Employers don’t have an obligation to follow up with a candidate after an interview. They are focused on their own day-to-day tasks, and many simply don’t have time to follow up with every interviewee. When you work with a recruiter, you will almost always get a follow up after an interview. 

Recruiters have strong relationships with the employers they work with. After each interview, the recruiter will talk with the employer to receive feedback on the candidate, and they will pass along that feedback to the job seeker. 

They also won’t sugar coat anything they hear from the employer. This provides job seekers with honest feedback they can use to improve their interview skills, making them more hireable.

It’s Free! 

Many job seekers still think you have to pay a staffing firm for their services. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Working with a recruiter is completely free for job seekers. 

What do you get for this free service? Not can recruiters help you find a job, they can also give you invaluable resume and interview tips. They’ve helped countless job seekers through the hiring process, so they know what works and what doesn’t. This is the type of information you couldn’t get if you chose not to work with a recruiter.

Ready to Work with a Recruiter?

Contact Burchard & Associates. We specialize in helping accounting and finance professionals find career opportunities in the St. Louis area. Check out our available jobs or contact us today to get started.