Never registered with an agency? Here's why you should

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Don't rely on your experience or networks to find you the perfect job. Here are the advantages recruiters offer.

Using an agency to find their next mining sector job is something more experienced people in our industry might not think is for them. After all, shouldn’t their work history speak for itself when a resume lands on a potential employer’s desk? And shouldn’t their established networks help them find their next position?

But it’s not always the case that these options match the right person to the right job. According to our recruitment industry experts, those who don’t sign up to a recruitment agency could actually be missing out on better, more attractive and higher-paid positions. It’s all about opportunity.

What recruiters can do for jobseekers

“Once you have exhausted your own network, a good recruiter should be able to open up a whole new network for you,” one of our consultants said. “A recruiter will be able to provide you with contract opportunities that are not advertised.”

“We know of a seasoned Chief Financial Officer [who] was looking for work and had tried all his networks but didn’t find anything. We were able to present him for a contract Commercial Manager position. That wasn’t what he wanted, ideally, but it kept him employed for four months whilst he found something more suitable.”

Recruiters will tell you they are often aware of a number of positions that haven’t been advertised in newspapers or online job boards, because they’re in constant contact with the industry they recruit for and have deep relationships with the relevant companies.

Plus, the service you get from recruiters is far more personalised. Here’s what you get:

  • Consultants are trained within the discipline they recruit for (for example, they hire underground operators for underground mining companies), so they understand the experience you have.
  • Consultants respond to every single application, whether you’re successful or not, so you’re never kept wondering.
  • Recruiters match the right person with the right job for the right company, which means the jobseeker’s needs are considered just as important as the employer’s.
  • Consultants have access to lots of information about the state of the job market, so they can speak with authority about your application, the kinds of opportunities available, what might be coming up, and all sorts of general information about rosters and rate ranges and so on.
  • Recruiters don’t just send your resume to a mining company, they write a summary of your experience, your interest in the role and why they consider you to be the best fit for the position.
  • Recruiters will present your resume directly to the hiring manager, without being filtered by a human resources person who might not understand your technical skills.
  • Consultants can present you for multiple positions at one time, through a single application.

Using a recruiter benefits the mining company, too

But the benefits aren’t all on the employee side. Using a recruiter makes sense for mining companies, too.

“By staying engaged and connected to line managers we know when and where the roles are,” another of our recruitment specialists told us. “We are proactive, whereas once the jobs are posted on job boards it is a ‘reactive’ recruitment”.

Reactive recruitment means a company’s inbox will be inundated with hopeful applicants, many of whom won’t be remotely appropriate for the position advertised. Using an experienced, specialist recruiter applies a filter — meaning they only receive applications from the most qualified and appropriate candidates.

Using a recruiter also means the mining companies are able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications — something they are unlikely to have time to do otherwise but is part and parcel of a recruiter’s job.

So while you might not have had to use a recruitment consultant to get a mining industry job in the past, there are many very good reasons to do so this time around. After all, it’s the consultant’s job to sell you to the employer — and who doesn’t want experienced, specialist help when finding their perfect job?

If you’d like to take advantage of everything a specialist recruiter can deliver, get in touch with Mining People International.

Dan Hatch
Mining People International