Searching for a job, whether currently employed or not, is taxing, and due to unfortunate mass layoffs, there are many qualified candidates who now find themselves in the “job seeker” category. We may be biased, but establishing and maintaining contact with a trusted recruiter is always a good idea. There is no fee and no obligation to further a search until you see fit – and an unforeseen layoff seems like a great time to start. Here are 5 signs that it may be time for you to contact a recruiter.

Sending applications with little to no feedback. If you’re submitting application after application and receiving no phone calls or interviews there is a reason why. It could be due to your lack of experience in the positions you are applying for, or it could be due to something as little as an unprofessional email address at the top of your resume. One of the many benefits of connecting with a recruiter is having an additional advocate in your job search while receiving pointers or tips that can help you moving forward.

Career change. Studies show that over 70% of all working-age people are actively looking for a job change. The candidate pool is at large, and you are now competing against hundreds of other people for the same roles – that calls for backup! If you’re looking for a career change it’s likely that you also have already established a lifestyle with your current income and though you may have a Master’s Degree in Education, and have years of experience work experience, you are considered entry-level for your desired Human Resources position. Being an entry-level candidate usually warrants an entry-level pay rate which may not be conducive to your lifestyle. This is the perfect time to pick up the phone and dial your local recruiter who can help dissect your skillset to guide you in a direction where your skills could be useful in a new environment.

Relocation. Let’s say your partner was offered a new role that they couldn’t say no to, but it was going to cause you to relocate, and maybe your employer will not budge on letting you work remotely. What do you do? You have no contacts in the new area or even an idea of what your job market looks like there. Call a recruiter. Talk to them about your relocation timeframe, background, and job requirements and they may have just the role for you!

Lay-off. A survey of over 1,000 small business owners and managers showed that 90% plan to outsource business tasks if they have not already. Though you may think you’re in the clear, you’re not. Businesses plan to outsource services from IT to legal, and right down to finance. If you find yourself in this predicament, now on top of an already saturated candidate pool, you are competing against Bob, Joe, and Tina from your same department, who share the same qualifications, and are likely looking for new employment in the same region. Again, this is the perfect time to pick up the phone and dial a recruiter.

Recent graduate. You’re not only competing against your potentially hundreds of classmates but you’re also coming into the workforce with little to no experience. You have a lot to prove, and you cannot afford to narrow your options. Submitting your resume to a recruiter can open a world of options for you as these first few years of your career can be so crucial in setting the tone for your career. You want to use the degree you will be paying off for the next 30+ years, but you are also now out of your cozy dorm and expected to jump into this crazy life and you need income. Though it can be easy to settle for a paycheck, you will thank yourself (and your recruiter) later for gearing you into the right position.

For further assistance in your job search or your search for qualified candidates, please call (518) 275-4816.