28 Mar 2018
The end of this calendar month marks the end of my fourth year as a Recruitment to Recruitment Consultant working in both the contingent Recruitment and Executive Search industries. During my tenure here at Carlin Hall, I have successfully placed a lot of experienced contingent Recruitment Consultants up to Recruitment Director level and many Researchers, Associates, Engagement Managers up to Partner level within Executive Search. Most of these hires have been with our London clients but a handful of those have been international placements too. It’s been a roller-coaster ride, but I still love working with ambitious Recruitment Consultants and Executive Search professionals in this ever-growing sector.
In any line of work, it is important to reflect on progress and recently I have been thinking about what really makes my job as a Recruitment to Recruitment Consultant more enjoyable. It’s simple – Candidate Exclusivity. When I work with candidates exclusively it enables me to perform better.
If you have ever worked with a Rec to Rec agency, have you ever considered why it might be better to do so on an exclusive basis? If not, here is my case for it.
It’s all about you!
When the Recruitment to Recruitment Consultant knows that (as a candidate) you are working exclusively with them, they become purely focused on you and your ambitions and objectives. This establishes an intensified partnership between you and your Rec to Rec consultant. In return for your exclusivity, your Recruitment to Recruitment partner will indisputably go above and beyond your expectations in their efforts to find you a new role within Recruitment or Executive Search.
Improved Time Management
Forging relationships yield better results
The partnership with your Recruitment to Recruitment Consultant will blossom as time moves on. This means that the Rec to Rec will come to fully understand your true motivations and real drivers. They will learn quickly what type of role is going to appeal to you and the kind of people that you will enjoy working with and vice versa. All the important stuff. Once you have started an interview process and are fully engaged in providing and receiving feedback with your Rec to Rec they will be able to help you achieve your goals in less time that if you were to work with multiple Recruitment to Recruitment agencies. Trust them to get to know you and it will pay dividends in the end.
Quality over Quantity
As a candidate everyone is different. People’s needs often dictate how quickly a process needs to be turned around – but even when working at a pace a Rec to Rec Consultant can provide a quality service. It is better to be introduced to fewer companies and presented in the right way by a Rec to Rec consultant who understands your background and ambitions than to be sent out to numerous companies but misrepresented in front of them by a Rec to Rec consultant who hasn’t taken the time to get to know you. This can be your one chance to secure a role with this firm. The introduction has to be perfect. Try not to rate your Rec to Rec on how quickly they can get you in front of a client, rate them on how well they have got to know you first. The last thing you want is to be one of 5 candidates sent to a client by a scatter-gun approach Rec to Rec via email. That will not make you stand out from the crowd. Carlin Hall introduces candidates to clients on a case by case basis rather than a trying to hit CV sent ratios. Incidentally, we don’t have those!
Find the perfect job
In today’s candidate-led marketplace that is very faced paced and talent shy, you need to make sure that you are being represented properly amongst the competition. Whether you are a passive candidate open to exploring relevant opportunities or someone who is actively pursuing the market – don’t waste your time speaking to loads of Rec to Rec partners – choose one that can open the right doors. The Rec to Rec that has your exclusivity will be able to properly advise you about the best move for your career from a consultative angle, rather than it having to be a race to the finish with another Rec to Rec.
Whether you agree with me or not, I would love to hear from you. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
If you’re looking for a new role or interested in working exclusively with a well networked and trusted Recruitment to Recruitment partner, please call me at your convenience or drop me an email.
07584 701 939