If you have been looking for a job in the engineering industry but you aren’t having much luck or you companies are not getting back in touch with you, have you considered getting in contact and trying to work alongside an engineering recruitment agency?
Engineering Recruitment Agencies Have Been Doing This for Years
According to new poll results from Monster.com, engineering professionals are among the most satisfied employees, yet they lack confidence in their employment prospects, a perception that is at variance with what employers are saying about their employees’ satisfaction.
Engineering recruitment agencies have been helping new and existing prospects in the field find the most suitable job for each individual. Recruiters like us at Ltek Recruitment put employer and employee satisfaction as a paramount priority.
Due to the engineering sector being the largest technical field within the UK, the demand for jobs has only been increasing in recent years – thereby increasing potential opportunities.
By utilising an engineering recruitment agency and working alongside them, you will be able to have all the advice and support you need at your fingertips.
To get the most out of your relationship with such an agency, we recommend learning these 6 great tips.
1: Form A Working Relationship
You will be regularly speaking to your recruiter whilst you are in the process of finding a job, so it is important that you form a working relationship with them.
If you are willing to engage with your recruiter when they contact you, they are more likely to put in the extra effort in finding you a job as they will know that you are responsive and can react better to an everchanging employment landscape.
Along with engaging with them, the more they know and understand you, the better the relationship you will have. This means that if any job is to crop up and become available, they will be more likely to put your name first.
2: Be Time Efficient
Moving on from a working relationship, being time efficient in terms of replying to your recruiter will give you a higher chance of being found and offered a job. If they contact you about a job and you don’t reply, they may well offer that position to somebody else. It can also show that you are not committed and willing to find a job.
However, it’s understandable that there may be instances where you cannot reply straight away due to your current job, driving, or simply being very busy. But if this is the case, send a message or email, explaining your current situation and how you will get in touch at the first chance you get.
This will show your willingness towards the recruitment agency, and that you are dedicated to working with them towards a common goal. This will put you in better standing of getting your engineering job.
3: Stay Connected
Your recruiter would love to hear how you are doing and how the job search is going. Unfortunately, there are so many other people out there just like you, it is very difficult for them to contact all of you!
How about you reach out instead? Keep them up to date with any changes which have happened and ask if they have any potential job positions in the pipeline. If they don’t answer, then don’t worry either.
They could be on a call already or on their break. If you leave them a message with your name, the reason you are calling, and if they could give you a call back, they are very likely to get back to you as soon as they are available.
This gives you a positive working relationship with your recruiter and shows your passion and commitment.
All qualities which they want to see in the people they are working with. The added benefit being that they can also push these qualities to prospective employers as they have witnessed them first-hand.
4: Honesty Is the Best Policy
Being open and honest when you are applying for a new job will always be the best route to take. Bending the truth, adding extra qualifications and skills, and in general being deceptive to your recruiter will inevitably come back to bite you.
You could end up with a job which you are not happy in due to it not being best suited to you in terms of your skill set or experience. There is also a risk of becoming injured if you do not remain honest.
But if you twist the truth and lie about your experience and skill set, this can trip you up later if you forget what you have said. No employer wants to employ someone who isn’t honest or truthful and it can have future ramifications should you be forced to re-enter the job market.
5: Think Outside the Box
Don’t just hand your CV over without going into more detail with your recruiter about yourself.
They will need to know the basics of course, but what will make you really stand out from the rest of the crowd is the detailed information. This can include past roles in which you excelled in, relative training or any qualifications you have gained.
By doing this you will stand out and always be at the front of your recruiter’s mind when they are viewing relevant job applications. The more you stand out for all the right reasons, the more chance you have of being successful.
6: Focus On A Recruitment Specialist
Finally, choose a recruitment which caters for a specific engineering field which you are passionate about. If you are interested in manufacturing, then there is not much point choosing a recruitment agency which specialise in power generation.
The ideal recruiter would have a plethora of experience in multiple fields within your industry so they can help you along the way but may also be able to highlight potential employment opportunities which you could have in areas of engineering you had not previously considered.
At the end of the day you need to get the most out of your recruitment agency and have a positive experience.
Work With Your Recruiter
It is vital you work with your recruiter, rather than against them. They can only work with what they are given. Always give them as much information as you possibly can and take on all their advice and support along the way.
We hope after these 6 great tips, you will be successful and gain the most out of your future agency relations. The more you work together the higher success rate you will have in finding your job.
Afterall, the recruiter’s job is to match a candidate with a role which they think they are most suited for. If you do not work with them and provide them all the information that they need, they will be unable to do that.
Remember, stick out from the rest of the crowd, be honest and open, time efficient, and positive. If you do all of this, you will be well on your way to success!