If you are considering a change of employment, there are some very sound reasons for using a recruitment agency that specialises in the sector of industry in which you work, and in which you are qualified, such as web developer jobs, for example. Certainly, there are the big names in recruitment which we all know, with dozens of offices up and down the country, and with thousands of job prospects at any given time, but this is not what most people want.
Just to begin with, those big agencies are staffed by people who have no real interest in your welfare but are only concerned with meeting their targets set upon them by head office in the same way that the manager of your local Tesco is. Their job is to get you a position – end of. If it happens that you like it very much, then that is almost a bonus, but it is not the purpose of their existence.
By contrast, an agency which specialises in a small area or sector will have much greater in-depth knowledge of the workings of that sector and should also know about the companies that operate within it. A good recruiter should have your interests at heart and should have as a main aim placing you in a position in which you are happy. That achieves two things: you may stay with the company for years, which keeps the employer happy too, and the employer will want to use that agency when another vacancy arises, so the agency benefits in that way also.
Finding a job which you enjoy is important because you spend a quarter of your life working, so a huge salary, while something to enjoy, is not so great if your working day is boring or you don't like the people with whom you have to work.
So if you are looking for software developer jobs in the North West for instance, you should search for a recruitment agency which specialises in that area. They should be able to advise you on which companies are expanding, and therefore that your job with them would be secure, and also have some idea of what it is like to work in that company. Your skills might be ideal, but you also want to enjoy your work.
Another very important factor is your interview. A very big part of a recruitment consultant's job is to ensure that you look outstanding at the interview. Remember that the agency should not only direct you towards the jobs that are the best fit for you but should also be able to help you with preparation for the interview, because it only gets paid if you get hired. A specialist agency will very often have worked with the employer before and will know some things about the interviewer. Some people have pet hates or likes or may have set questions that they ask of every potential employee, so if the recruitment consultant can advise you of these before the interview, you will be much better placed.
A specialist recruitment agency will also be able to help promote you far more than your CV can do on its' own. Your CV is only words on paper. A consultant who is good at the job will understand the position as well as the end client does, and will get to know you too, so that they can promote you as a great person for the job. This is an important step forward to securing that all-important interview.
Furthermore, if you are seeking, say, software developer jobs, a specialist agency can negotiate on your behalf. They may well be able to get you a larger salary than originally considered by the employer if they can get to know you and all of your various attributes. Remember that this is in the agency's own interests too, because they usually charge a fee which is a percentage of your salary.
Another reason for using a specialist agency in the web developer field, if that is your forte, is that you can form a long-lasting relationship. When a future position becomes available, they may well contact you even if you are not actively looking for a new role, so you could learn of an even better-paying position before it has been advertised.
Key Talent Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency in the fields of broadcast media, IT, and gaming, and frequently has very good software developer jobs available.