The Benefits of Working with a Recruiter as an Entry-Level Candidate

Written By: Sydney Grierson 

So, you’ve graduated from college… Congratulations! You’ve worked super hard for this. But, now what?

Starting a job search, especially the first one of your professional career, can be a daunting task. There are so many questions that recent graduates ask themselves while going through the interview process: am I representing my skills and knowledge in my resume in a way that will grab the attention of a hiring manager? Who will I be interviewing with, and what is that person like? Can I negotiate salary, and if so, when?

Working with a recruiter to find the right position and company can take much of the stress and worry out of your job search. We can provide answers to and guidance on all of those questions above (and more) and make the process of interviewing and choosing your first job out of college a lot easier. Below are four benefits of working with a recruiter as an entry-level candidate.

  1. We guide you through the process. – From start to finish, we are here to support your job search. This includes providing recommendations on the content and formatting of your resume, using our relationship with the company you are speaking with to prepare you for specific interview questions, and negotiating a fair salary on your behalf. And while this process might take just a few weeks between you and a recruiter, the knowledge and insight you can gain from their expertise can help you throughout your entire career.
  2. We advocate for you. – After learning about your background, recruiters can highlight the positives of your personality and academic achievements directly to the company you are looking to join. This creates an opportunity for the organization to see what you bring to the table before even talking with you, which they might not have otherwise been able to understand or see with a traditional application. Recruiters are able to share their input and vouch for you during the process.
  3. We will keep you in the loop with any new job opportunities that fit what you are looking for. – After learning more about what you are looking for in a new role, our team will make sure to send you any new jobs that come across our desk. This allows you to keep your options open, while also seeing what the industry is like at a given time.
  4. We ensure that you are being compensated fairly.-Because recruiters can work with multiple companies in an area at once, we typically have a good understanding of what an appropriate salary is for a given role. We also ensure that candidates who will be moving for a new role understand the cost of living of a new location. If rent and gas prices are 25% more than where you currently are, we want to take that into consideration when negotiating pay. Our goal is to make sure that relocating for a role is something that makes financial sense for you and your family.
  5. We support you through the emotions of looking for a job. – “Ghosting” has become commonplace within most of the job market. It can be an emotionally taxing thing on individuals who are trying to get their foot in the door with a new job or industry. As recruiters, we work closely with companies to get timely and helpful feedback. If there are any concerns or questions you have, we will gladly share updated information with you and let you know where we are in the process of checking on a role that your information was submitted for. At the same time, if you ever lose interest in a position or company or have accepted a role with another organization, we can help with those conversations and, ultimately, help create a strong relationship between you and the people at that organization. Know that you’re not alone in the process and that we are here to support you!

If you are a recent graduate or entry-level applicant to the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sydney Grierson (215-970-2685). We look forward to supporting you during your job search!