Shipping & Freight Jobs

5 reasons to find a new Recruiter!

Let’s face it, working with a recruiter can be a great way to land your next perfect job. It can save you so much time & effort, especially if you are still in a job. The right recruiter should be well connected within the freight, shipping & logistics sector and be able to make pro-active approaches to companies who look for your specific skills and would be a great personality / culture fit.

However, don’t think for one minute that all recruiters are created equally, oh no. I won’t start knocking other recruiters & slagging off the competition. The recruitment industry gets too much bad press as it is, but choose your recruitment partner really wisely. Do, your research on them, are they best placed to assist? Then if you find that that they’re not delivering what you want them to, don’t be afraid to give them the heave-ho and find another.

Here are 5 reasons why you might want to work with another recruiter:

  1. Poor communication, or no communication at all – good recruiters will fully discuss your experience & aspirations with you, find out exactly where your expertise fits and what you are looking for in your next job. Poor recruiters will just chuck your CV at every job that comes in, hoping something will stick.

Good recruiters will keep in touch on a weekly basis, even if it is a call just to say there is now news – that’s still news, right?

Have you ever called a recruiter and left a message and they haven’t called you back? Or sent an email and had no reply – time to find a new one don’t you think?

 

  1. Empty promises – a great recruiter will never make promises that they cannot keep. If they are telling you, you’ve got the job before their client has even seen your application – be wary – make sure your bullshit detector is turned on and tuned in.

 

  1. No advice or guidance offered, even when asked – your recruiter should be an expert in all things recruitment and should have encountered most scenarios, so they should be a fountain of knowledge to tap into – albeit interview advice, CV advice or how to approach X, salary negotiation, team & culture fit, tendering your notice & tips on how to make a positive impact on day 1, it’s all there to be had… If they have no answers for you, or they don’t seem interested, find another…

 

  1. Unsuitable jobs – so you are an import forwarder and they want to put you forward for a Ships Agent role on the basis you work in shipping. Or having routed vehicles throughout the UK for the last 10 years, they want to know if you would like be put forward for a Customs entry role, you must be able to do that right? Air freight, sea freight, road freight – it’s all freight, isn’t it?

 

  1. They want to charge you – recruitment services in the UK are free to job seekers / candidates, and recruitment companies get paid by the hiring company, so be wary if an agency starts to discuss fees with you.

So, if you feel your recruiter is letting you down on any of the above, it may be time to look for a new recruitment partner… I know a good one, blue logo, initials SDW… checkout our google & facebook reviews to make sure I’m not lying.

All the best,

Steve Wyeth

Blue logo, initials SDW – and by far the best recruitment company on the planet, ever 🙂