How to Choose the Best Engineering and Manufacturing Recruitment Agency

Charmaine Vaz

Successful professionals across various industries know the benefits of delegation. Not only does it free up your time to focus on other tasks, but it also gets a better outcome by allowing others to shine in their area of expertise.

The same can be said for engaging an Engineering and Manufacturing recruiter to help you find your next role. By tapping into their experience, network, and industry knowledge, you’ll be in safe hands and will be able to secure your ideal role, sooner.

But with so many companies on the market, how do you choose the best Engineering and Manufacturing recruitment agency? Here are four key steps to keep in mind when finding the right recruiter.

1. Assess What You Need from Your Recruiter

Before you start looking for a recruiter, think about what the most important thing you’re looking for in your next role. This might start with why you’re thinking of leaving your current role – is it solely a lack of progression opportunities, or are you looking to gain experience in different types of projects? Is there something you are looking for in your new team, or are you seeking a specific kind of line manager in your next role?

It’s also important to factor in elements outside the workplace. For example, how you want your job to suit your lifestyle and whether there are any deal-breakers, like locations or lack of access to flexible working hours. All this information will help your recruiter get off to the best possible start, and not waste your time sending across roles that don’t meet your needs.

2. Seek Out an Engineering and Manufacturing Recruitment Specialist

Once you have your list of requirements locked down, it’s time to look for agencies that are well-connected within your industry. In many cases, a specialist recruitment agency will have a clear advantage over a generalist because they have established relationships with organisations in your sector. This means that when vacancies arise, they are the first point of call for employers, which gives them access to opportunities that are not available for the wider market.

Specialist agencies can also help you navigate the job market based on their understanding of the industry and market trends. They speak your language, will have their finger on the pulse of current salary rates and can negotiate a job offer on your behalf.

3. Do Your Research on the Best Recruiters in Your Area

The next step is to conduct some research to help you learn more about the agencies on your shortlist. A good place to start is to look through their website, paying special attention to information on their values, services, and people. Not only will you get an idea about what the agency stands for, but also the individuals you will be building relationships with. Many websites, such as ours at CV Consulting, have blogs containing helpful industry information and tips to help you with your job search.

Social media is another key source of information when choosing an Engineering and Manufacturing recruitment company. Check out their LinkedIn profiles to see what the agency is sharing. Also look at the professional profiles of their recruiters. You should also be able to see the roles they are currently promoting and get a feel of whether they suit your needs.

4. Ask for Recommendations from Your Peers in Engineering and Manufacturing

Word of mouth recommendations are always going to trump any other form. So, ask around and find out who has a solid reputation within your industry.

Speak to people in your network about who they worked with in the past and who they would recommend. Many professionals keep in regular contact with recruiters, just in case an opportunity comes along that is too good to pass on. Recruiters are generally very well-connected, and you’d be surprised at how many of your peers have some contact info to pass along.

Could We Be the Agency for You?

At CV Consulting, we live by the motto “Your success is our success” and work tirelessly with candidates across the UK to match them with roles that help them shine.

If you’re looking to partner with a specialist Engineering and Manufacturing recruitment agency, reach out to us and let’s find you the perfect role.