How Recruiters Find Candidates

//How Recruiters Find Candidates

How Recruiters Find Candidates

2020-02-13T11:37:31+00:00 February 13th, 2020|Company News|

Despite what you may think, recruiters don’t just sit around waiting for good candidates to come to them; instead they get out there and find good quality candidates. But how do recruiters find these great candidates?

Firstly it is important to note that there are two main types of recruiters. There are internal recruiters that work within a business. They only recruit for one business only and are usually based within that company.

However an agency recruiter, like the team here at Aspire Cambridge, recruit for multiple businesses. There will be sector specific, skilled recruitment consultants within a recruitment agency. Each will focus on a different industry to ensure you get a knowledgeable recruiter hiring for your industry. This often means they can recruit for trickier job skills that require specialist knowledge or experience, as well as the more common job roles.

Whether the recruiter is with an agency or company, they will still use a combination of ways to find the right candidates for the vacancy. These candidate finding techniques are as follows;

Job Boards and Career Sites

This is the most obvious way you might expect a recruiter to find candidates. However it is often the reason that businesses use recruitment agencies. The agency recruiter pays for the membership on these sites and job postings are included when recruitment consultants take on their vacancy.  Uploading your CV to a job site is a great idea if you are a candidate looking for work as recruiters will be able to match you with the right job. However recruiters can’t only use this channel as some of the best candidates may not be looking for work publicly.


While LinkedIn is seen as a business social media platform, it is also a great place for recruiters to find talented candidates. A recruiter account on LinkedIn allows recruiters to find qualified candidates for their available job roles. These candidates may not be looking to change jobs, but when contacted by a recruiter with an attractive offer could become a great candidate for the recruiters’ client. As a job-seeking candidate make sure you are proactive, if a recruiter contacts you though this platform make sure they know the sort of work you are looking for.

In House Systems

All good quality recruiters will have a database of good quality candidates that are looking for a job. Recruiters can run searches through their databases to find the right candidates for the job.  This list of suitable candidates is worth its weight in gold to a recruiter and is something hiring companies often don’t have access too. This is another reason businesses choose to use recruitment agencies for their vacancies. If you are looking for work, make sure recruitment agencies have your details so you are in their database ready for when a suitable vacancy arises.

Networking Events

Recruiters attend networking events to find potential clients, but also to find suitable candidates for vacancies. Networking events, conferences, industry specific seminars and similar events are great places for candidates and recruiters. It’s a great chance for recruiters to meet active job seekers, to meet industry professionals and find out more about potential vacancies and requirements. As a  job seeker we recommend you attend these events as you can meet these recruiters who can find out more about you and your dream job.

All recruiters use a selection of techniques to find the dream candidates for their clients. If you are aware of these techniques as a job seeker, you will increase your chances of getting your dream job. Just as the recruiters do, don’t just try one way to get a job. You should also be using a selection of techniques to find your dream job.

Headquartered in Cambridge with regional presence in Kettering and Milton Keynes, Aspire Cambridge provide cost effective Recruitment and HR solutions to an impressive portfolio of customers spanning the UK and Europe. Working with a diverse collection of industries from start-ups to blue chip companies covering a vast range of sectors. Aspire Cambridge has an unrivalled knowledge of the jobs marketplace so it’s no wonder that they hold an impressive track record of exceeding client and candidate expectations.

How do they do it? By “Placing People First”.

Contact Aspire Cambridge:

T: 01223 855440

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