Under normal circumstances, it can take weeks or even months for the average person to find work in Australia; in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis it can seem almost impossible. There’s never been a better time to get an expert in your corner. Partnering with a specialist recruitment agency strengthens the chances of landing your dream role in more ways than one. Read on to check out why exactly you should use a recruitment specialist to help you find a job instead of going it alone.

1. specialist recruitment consultants know your industry like the back of their hand

It’s a recruitment specialist's role to understand your industry lingo, how your particular job works and where your skills would be most suited in potential employment. Since recruitment specialists are so well versed in all of the technical and personal requirements for the roles you are applying for, they will be able to give an accurate evaluation of where your experience and skills would be best utilised, and also provide you with advice on how to remedy any gaps in your knowledge.

2. specialist recruitment agencies actively cultivate strong (and often exclusive) relationships with industry leading businesses

For you as a jobseeker, this means that your specialist recruitment consultant will know of jobs that may not have been advertised, and will be able to ‘float’ your resume to key organisations you want to work with. As a result you may be offered a role that actually didn’t exist.

3. specialist recruitment agencies reduce the number of times your referees are contacted

Partnering with a recruitment specialist means that instead of the individual companies all contacting your referees (which can become time consuming), your specialist recruiter will simply call just the once, and provide the same referral details to each of the prospective employers you apply with.

4. recruitment specialists can offer you salary advice based on benchmarking within the industry

Since your specialist recruitment consultant works exclusively within your chosen industry, it stands to reason that they will have an in-depth knowledge on the type of salary you can expect from new roles. They can also provide advice on what you need to do in order to secure a higher wage, and in the majority of new work arrangements, your specialist recruitment consultant provides you with an edge by handling the negotiation for you when it comes to your new contract.

5. recruitment specialists are in constant contact with employers within your industry, which means they'll be the first ones to know if your dream job has just opened up

A good specialist recruitment consultant is proactive and will regularly find out well in advance about available roles for you before they are advertised on traditional job boards. This means you will get in first above other candidates to interview and also be exposed to a larger number of available roles to pick and choose from.

In the end, there are only benefits to having an expert on your side in the job hunt - especially now as the working world is still reeling from the impact of COVID-19. Get in contact with one of Randstad's consultants today and see for yourself how a recruitment specialist can change the game completely.