The job search. It’s no easy business, especially in the fast-paced and ever-changing financial industry. Perhaps you feel as if you’ve reached a dead end in your current role, or you might be seeking a better work/life balance. Maybe you aren’t getting the chance to write enough business, perhaps you want to work with more HNWIs, or maybe you want more training so you can improve your skills and maximise your financial advice career. Whatever your position, if you’re looking for your dream financial advice role, financial services recruitment agencies can help you find it. Here are five reasons why you should consider using a specialist recruitment consultancy to help with your job search…
A holistic approach to recruitment
Job hunting is a very personal thing and everyone has different wants, needs, and aspirations when it comes to finding their dream role. Whatever you’re looking for, a specialist recruitment agency will truly care about finding the right role for you. It’s not just about money – it’s about an entire approach to your life and your career so that you can enjoy a good work/life balance and feel fulfilled in your work. A specialist agency will talk to you in a consultative way and provide bespoke career counselling. They’ll get to know all about you, your skills, aspirations, and even the point you are at in your life, as well as your own personal development goals so they can deliver a bespoke approach to recruitment. You should think of your them as your own personal brand ambassador; a person tasked with the sole objective of helping you take the next important step in your career, who will understand what it is that you’re looking for and take a tailored and holistic approach to help you reach those goals.
They’re experts in their field
Another benefit of using a specialist financial services recruitment agencies is that they are experts in their field. The best recruiters constantly make sure they are up to date with their market area and everything that is going on within it. From the latest news to salary rates and skill sets, they keep their finger on the pulse about all things finance – and because they tend to specialise in just one area, they know everything to do with their specialism inside out and back to front. It’s not uncommon for recruitment consultants to have previous experience or even a background in the industry themselves, with many consultants even being former regulated advisers. Because of this, not only can they connect you with the very best firms and consultancies out there, but when an opportunity does come up, they are often the first to know about it. Just think of them as your expert eyes and ears in the industry!
They’ll handpick the right job for you
It’s not just about finding any financial advice job, though. When you work with a specialist recruitment consultancy, their aim is to find you the right job and partner you with a firm that is the best fit for you. A good recruitment consultancy will have contacts with hiring managers at some of the best businesses out there, which means you can carefully select the companies you want to approach and have your pick of the bunch. They will only choose jobs that match your exact requirements, at companies that share your values, selecting jobs that suit you and your skills and matching the right people to the right place – and don’t worry; they’ll always run them by you before submitting your CV. What’s more, because they have a strong relationship with their clients and know everyone in the industry, you will automatically have a competitive edge over other candidates too.
You can save time with a personal approach
As a financial adviser or financial services professional, you’re already pretty busy. From winning new clients, delighting existing ones and writing new business, it might feel like you don’t have enough time to start the laborious task of job-hunting. Most candidates turn to the internet or online job boards and start endlessly scrolling through pages of information when looking for a job, but a lot of it will be irrelevant to you and your needs. Additionally, if you don’t want your current company to know you are looking, it can be pretty nerve-wracking applying to anonymous positions posted by faceless recruiters and sending your CV out into the world. A specialist recruitment agency will guide you in the right direction and take care of the job search for you so you can say goodbye to time-wasting job sites. What’s more, with a specialist agency, all approaches will be made discreetly by your own personal consultant who has your best interests at heart.
Benefit from their knowledge and expertise
From CV writing to interview techniques, specialist financial services recruitment agencies will share all of their knowledge and expertise with their candidates throughout the entire recruitment process – and that doesn’t stop once you’ve accepted an offer. Even if you’ve been thinking about leaving your current role for a while, it can still be surprisingly difficult once the time comes to resign, especially if you’ve been there for a long time. And if you’ve enjoyed your time at your current company, you might even feel guilty. A specialist recruitment agency will be able to advise you on the entire process, from accepting your offer to expert advice on how to handle your resignation, and they’ll also be able to provide advice on counteroffers and how to manage them as well.
Not currently looking? It’s still worth reaching out!
Even if you’re not currently looking, it’s still worth talking to a recruitment consultant. For starters, it never hurts to be aware of the market. Once you’ve registered with an agency, your consultant will regularly touch base with you to share valuable information about the market, from salary reviews to useful guides and downloads. And because they’ll get to know all about you and your wants and needs, they’ll also be able to let you know of any exciting opportunities that do come up should you be ready to move in the future.
Ready to make the move?
At Recruit UK, we are experts in financial recruitment and there’s nothing we don’t know about the industry. In fact, many of our consultants are ex-financial services professionals themselves and have even been in the situation you are currently in – putting them in a unique position to advise you on what’s best for you and your career. So whether you are ready to start searching for your dream role now, or just want to put feelers out and get an idea of what’s going on in the market, we can provide expert advice wherever you are on your journey. Unlike other recruitment firms, we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to recruitment and will take the time to really get to know you and your needs before offering expert career advice. Want to find out more? Contact a member of our team today to get the ball rolling.