1 year ago
July 20, 2016

Why Sales Recruiters Can Help Candidates Get Hired

Job seekers don’t need to look for employment on their own. They can work with sales recruiters and get a better shot at getting hired. Learn more.

Rhys Metler

Finding employment is a difficult full-time job on its own—but without the pay cheque. Both new and experienced sales people alike often have a tough time finding a new sales job.

It could take months of looking and applying before you even hear back from a hiring manager for an interview. But there’s an easier way. Sales candidates should work with recruiters in order to increase their chances of getting hired.

Here’s how recruiters can benefit sales professionals on the job search.

They’re Career Advisors

Recruiters do more than just set up interviews, they advise, too. Recruiters know what makes a great sales rep and what makes hiring managers pay attention. They know how to make your resume and cover letter stand out. They can give you fashion rules to follow. They can give you interview tips. They can help you prepare for the mock sales call in the interview.

Sales recruiters are career advisors that you can count on, throughout the entire hiring process.

They’ll Make Sure You’re Happy

Recruiters will also help sales people find the types of sales jobs that would be best suited to their skills, experience, personality traits, and interests, depending on the type of sales professional they are. There is a high turnover in sales, and much of this comes from the fact the sales people get hired for jobs that they end up hating or failing at. Maybe the work is too tedious, maybe the salary isn’t high enough, maybe the candidate isn’t the right fit with the company culture.

Sales recruiters ensure that all factors are taken into consideration, so sales candidates are only placed in positions that they’ll not only excel at, but love, too.

They Have Connections

When no one in your LinkedIn network is hiring and you have no interest in the same old job advertisements you see on online job boards, it can be tough to find employment, especially a job you love.

But you don’t have to be constricted to these limited online networks. Sales recruiters have tons of connections with companies and hiring managers. They have access to hidden jobs that aren’t advertised anywhere else. They know people and they know where the jobs are. You’ll have a better chance of getting hired when you have more opportunities to apply to.

They Move Fast      

You probably can’t afford to be unemployed for months while you’re searching for a new sales job, but you don’t have to. Sales recruiters move quickly. They know how important it is for both clients and candidates to set up placements quickly. You’ll be hired faster.

They Have Clout

Sales recruiters have long-term relationships with employers. They’ve earned trust. They have clout. So when the recruiter presents you as the ideal candidate, the company will listen. Approaching a hiring manager on your own can just lead to crickets.

When you work with a sales recruiter, you’ll have a cheerleader on your side, putting in the good word with hiring managers. This will improve your chances of getting the job.

They Offer Feedback       

You could go on half a dozen interviews and not get an offer of employment. And employers aren’t known to offer constructive feedback to the candidates they passed on. Sales recruiters are great at getting the feedback you need to improve your personal brand and improve your interview skills in order to strategize for the next opportunity.

They’ll Negotiate on Your Behalf     

It’s always awkward to talk about salary with potential employers. It can be tough to negotiate a better deal on commissions, sales bonuses, and incentives when you really just want to get the job and not rock the boat and ruin your chances. Sales recruiters can do this awkward salary negotiation for you, to ensure you get the best deal.

Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 11+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and two daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day, tropical vacations and cottaging.