We hear a lot about what the latest employment numbers mean for employers: Business is up, prompting companies to create more positions and hire more people. So if the demand is higher than the supply of candidates, do you need to find a job recruiter?

Yes, if you want a partner to give your search a boost and land a job that’ll be the best fit for you.

I’ve worked with candidates for more than 20 years, recruiting them for roles in a variety of industries, from manufacturing and healthcare to financial services and public accounting firms. One of the first things I learned is that navigating through the volumes of online postings to conduct a thorough search is hugely time consuming. And even if time isn’t an issue for you, it’s likely you can’t access information and openings on your own that the best recruiters have.

Here are some of the other advantages of working with a specialized staffing agency when you’re looking for a job in finance and accounting. Recruiters can do the following for you:

Give you access to positions not posted on job boards

The best recruiters cast wider nets, with their extensive networks and long-term relationships with their client companies. That helps you find career opportunities that might not even be advertised.

Match your career objectives with their client companies

Recruiters typically have insights into the companies and the openings they’re trying to fill. When they talk to you about your qualifications, work history and skill set, and discuss whether they fit with the role and the job description, they can match you with the accounting and finance role that best suits you.

Help manage and speed up the job search process

Not only do recruiters know which companies are looking for new employees; they can help accelerate the hiring process. They can help you target your search and schedule interviews with hiring managers.

Offer career guidance and feedback  

Recruiters can provide employment advice, interview tips, resume suggestions and more. If you’re not chosen for a position, it’s tough for you to find out why, but recruiters can often give you feedback to help you strategize for your next opportunity.

Share salary information for negotiation

Recruiters know the market rates for the jobs you’re looking for. They can also give you tips to help you negotiate your salary with your potential employer.

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Help you reach your career goals

Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll get hired, even if you work with a job recruiter. But it can’t hurt to have a one-on-one relationship with an industry specialist who not only has access to a large professional network but is also committed to your success.

Here are some questions you might have:

  • Do candidates have to pay their job recruiter? At Robert Half Financial & Accounting, services are free for registered candidates. Fees are paid by client companies.
  • How do you find a recruiter who specializes in finance and accounting? You can begin the process by applying for a job on the staffing agency’s website. You can also contact the nearest office location to schedule an in-person, confidential interview with a finance recruiting professional.

Even in today’s labor market, it’s not easy to pinpoint the perfect position and then persuade the employer that you’re “the one.” Getting a new job, whether it’s your first or your 15th, can be a challenging experience. When you work with a recruiter, you’re not alone in your search.

Who knows? In a few months, you could be working at a job you love.

Grace Fidalgo is vice president at Robert Half Finance & Accounting, North America. She’s worked as a staffing manager and branch manager for Accountemps and division director and field training manager for Robert Half Finance & Accounting.