This week’s continuation of our blog series on 7 myths about recruiters will discuss the myth: “keeping in touch with recruiters is only for active job seekers.” There are several benefits to connecting with recruiters even when an individual is not searching for a job. Between building a network, having access to information about jobs and the job market, and being presented with new opportunities, keeping in touch with a recruiter is a useful tool in any career journey.
Building a strong network is important whether an individual utilizes help from a recruiter or not. However, recruiters already have a large network of clients that they are connected with. Building a relationship with them puts you into their network so it is a lot faster and easier to turn to them when it comes time to find a new job as they already have your resume and information. Unfortunately, layoffs happen to many individuals who are then stuck without a job, or they have to quit their job due to unforeseen circumstances. According to NCW, about 73% of job seekers say the process of looking for a job is one of the most stressful events in life. Having a recruiter already in your network is a great move and will pay off when it comes to planning for job searching in the future, and will definitely make the process less stressful.
Having a relationship with a recruiter means you can ask them many of your pressing questions about career paths and the job market. Recruiting teams have a lot of experience and knowledge between them, and can provide answers about the best ways to set up resumes, cover letters, etc., and also information about the current job market. They are experts in their industries and possess knowledge about the trends within specific professions. The job market is ever changing, so being connected with those who have fast access to information about its current state is highly beneficial. This is a valuable thing, even to those who are not actively searching for a job position.
Even if individuals have jobs that they are satisfied with and that treat them well, there are always more opportunities out there. Demand for talent is always present throughout many different industries. Being in touch with a recruiter is a great way to learn about these job openings before anyone else, and decide if switching to another company is the right move for you. These desires for specific skill sets may provide a great opportunity to show your best talents and feel more fulfilled in a role. A new position might also just provide better benefits overall, so this could be used as a way to increase leverage with your current employer, giving them the chance to match these benefits or let you switch to another company. Either way, in this instance, the connection you have with a recruiter could improve your work experience and satisfaction.
Having a strong, positive relationship with a recruiter is beneficial, even when not actively searching for a job. Preparing for any possibilities in the future is a great aspect in itself, but also having access to job market knowledge and new, better opportunities are notable things as well. This shows how useful it can be to connect with a recruiter in general, and staying in touch even when you have found a job can only help you in the long run.
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