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Cutting to the chase

9th April 2010

IPASS

Nina Carpanini, Senior Manager at Hays Accountancy & Finance, comments on the benefits of using a recruiting business to find your next role:

"Looking for a job can require time and effort and one way of improving your chances of securing the right role is by using the services of an expert recruiting business. The advantages of pursuing this option are many; you will not only be exposed to a greater number of suitable vacancies but will be able to call on a vast amount of resources.

In order to decide which recruiting business you would like to use, you will need to consider the following: which employers do they work with and will your consultant have a strong understanding of the accountancy and finance sector? Check the company's website to see if there is evidence of industry expertise.

Next, it is important to arrange a face-to-face meeting as you will want to build a successful relationship with your consultant. Make sure you have a clear action plan in mind, and when you come to register, bring evidence of identity and qualifications. A passport is the usual form of accepted documentation, while proof of qualifications will also be needed and filed on record. Your consultant will then help you fine-tune your CV, giving you a better understanding of what information should be presented.

Once they have understood your requirements, reputable agencies will actively approach organisations and target live jobs in your field of expertise to put you forward for any suitable positions (with your consent). Your consultant will fully brief you any relevant available positions; they should have already met the employer and will have a thorough appreciation of the competencies sought.

Once you have attended the interview, call your consultant and let them know how it went; a delay could mean that you risk missing out on a golden opportunity. Communication is a two-way process: your consultant will relay the employer's feedback, and whatever the outcome, note the information as it will serve you well next time around. If things go according to plan, the consultant will inform you of the next stage in the interview process and will negotiate your salary and benefits package, assuming you reach the offer stage.

How else can working with an expert recruiting consultant benefit you? CV and interview preparation and career development advice should be offered as a matter of course. A consultant with sector experience is perfectly placed to guide you and alert you to any relevant recruitment trends. Visit your recruiter's website to see if you can access information about salary benchmarking and articles about latest industry recruitment and retention trends.

The ultimate goal of the consultant is to source the person that most closely matches the employer's criteria. The more information you can provide at the outset the better your relationship and this will be positively correlated to your job success."