When it’s time to move on from your current marketing role, you may not be sure where to begin with your job search. After all, it’s not something you do every day, and if you’ve been in your current role or organisation, the recruitment landscape might have changed significantly in the meantime.
By working with a reputable marketing recruitment agency, you can be sure of expert advice and support from people who do this day-in-day-out.
This is not to say you should only look for a role via a marketing recruitment agency, but it is a good idea to include one or two in your job search strategy alongside networking, direct application and responding to marketing positions advertised online or in print.
They’re proactive when you can’t be
Looking for that ideal opportunity can be very labour intensive and this might be difficult to fit alongside a full-time job. Of course, you need to be an active participant in your job search, but the best agencies will always be looking for roles that might appeal to specific candidates and they can alert you about opportunities you might otherwise miss. At the very least signing up for job alerts with the agency means you’ll get the latest roles hot of the press sent direct to your inbox .. no more searching!
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Access exclusive roles
Specialised marketing recruitment consultants spend a lot of time building relationships and expertise within their industry and this often allows them exclusivity to roles. So they can often provide access to exclusive roles (or companies) which may not be advertised anywhere else.
Some organisations may consider your CV, even if there is no open opportunity, if you come with a good recommendation from the recruitment agency.
Assistance with CVs and Interviews
A good marketing recruitment agency will help you hone and shape your CV, and give you interview tips and company insights to help improve your chances of securing an interview, and ultimately that new marketing role. As recruitment agencies build long-term relationships with their clients, they gain a deep understanding of their quirks and expectations and you can use this information to help you secure the role.
Expert sector knowledge
Specialised marketing recruitment agencies have expert knowledge in the industry and can advise you on roles that you might not have considered, but will suit your skills and experience. The best agencies will help you think through your long-term career plan and the steps you need to take over the next few years.
If you’re offered a new marketing role, you may feel apprehensive about asking for an improved package and this is where recruitment agencies can be useful. Candidates tend to feel more comfortable speaking to recruitment consultants about their expectations, rather than talking directly to the employer. The consultant can advise whether your request for an improved offer is likely to be considered and will present it to the employer on your behalf.
Remember, good recruitment firms want to make sure both sides are happy with the end result, so they are well placed to find a mutually acceptable settlement.
There is no reason not to include a recruitment agency to find your next marketing role, as the service is completely free of charge. If any agency tries to charge a fee for representing you, you should not work with them. Agencies get paid by their clients not their candidates.
To reiterate, we do not suggest you should only use marketing recruitment agencies in your job search but there is no reason to exclude them. Choose the firms you want to work with carefully and stick to specialists who understand your profession and who can demonstrate they will represent you positively and proactively.
Naturally, you should start with Regan & Dean. We have a specialist division focussed on roles in marketing, and with consultants who have the depth of knowledge and expertise to understand your skills and experience - and always working on a steady flow of exciting new marketing roles.