Why Do You Need an Animal Health or Veterinary Recruiter If the Job Market is So Good?

By Stacy Pursell, CPC/CERS
The VET Recruiter®

You’re probably well aware of the fact that there is a talent shortage in the employment marketplace, one accompanied by a trend known as the “Great Resignation.” Workers have been quitting their jobs in droves—many in search of more satisfying employment opportunities—while organizations have experienced a tremendous amount of difficulty hiring qualified candidates.

This talent shortage is even more extreme in the Veterinary profession. In fact, the unemployment rate in the profession may be the lowest that it has ever been. Job openings are plentiful, which begs the question that forms the title of this article: why do you need an Animal Health or Veterinary recruiter is the job market is so good?

The value of an Animal Health or Veterinary recruiter

Considering all of the facts that I just listed about the current state of the employment marketplace, this is a logical question to ask. However, there is also a logical answer, and there are many parts to that answer. I’ve been an Animal Health recruiter and Veterinary recruiter for more than 20 years, and I’ve worked during good times and bad. And while it’s true that I’ve never witnessed a talent shortage like the one we’re currently experiencing, including within the Veterinary profession, I know for a fact that recruiters always have plenty to offer to job seekers, candidates, and professionals.

With that in mind, below are five good reasons why you need an Animal Health or Veterinary recruiter even though the job market is good:

#1—Be informed of opportunities of which you would not have known otherwise.

As I’ve addressed before, there is something called the “hidden job market.” This job market contains jobs and employment opportunities not available through traditional means, like online job postings or advertisements. Instead, only recruiters know about these openings because their client is conducting a confidential search for candidates. So, if you’re not working with a recruiter, then you won’t be aware of these opportunities and openings . . . no matter how good the job market is.

#2—Save time and energy on your job search.

If you decide not to use the services of a recruiter, that means you’ll be doing all of the legwork on your own, including finding employment opportunities that are clearly better than the job you currently have. And speaking of the job you currently have, it might be keeping you too busy to conduct a thorough job search (or even a passive one). With a recruiter, you can have the “best of both worlds,” because not only will you know about premium opportunities in the marketplace, but you won’t have to expend your own time and energy to find out about them.

#3—Gain valuable insight and information about employers.

Recruiters who work with employers as clients know a lot about them. It’s their job. This includes information that is not known to the public, and in some cases, would be impossible to be known by the public. By aligning yourself with a recruiter, you would become privy to this information, especially as it pertains to your job search and your career. And keep in mind that the #1 most valuable asset in any negotiation situation is information. The more you have, the better the outcome of the negotiation for you. Speaking of which . . .

#4—Gain an edge with salary negotiations during the offer stage.

Not only does a recruiter have vital information about the employer and the people who are working for the employer, but they also possess valuable experience in negotiation. This includes negotiation during the offer stage of the hiring process. They can put this knowledge and experience together to help you secure the best offer possible for you. This is where you can see how a recruiter’s best interests are perfectly aligned with your best interests, and as a result, you can rest assured that they will work to ensure there is a win-win outcome for all parties involved.

#5—Stay abreast of what’s happening in the profession, industry, and marketplace.

Working with an Animal Health or Veterinary recruiter is about more than just one job or your next job. It’s about growing your career the way that you want to grow it with the companies and organizations with which you want to grow it. Once again, information is critical in your efforts to accomplish this. The more information you have, the better your chances of reaching your goals. A recruiter, especially an experienced one with many years of operating within the profession, has that information and can share it with you as you plot your career course. Their advice and expertise can be incredibly valuable.

Maximizing your leverage with more opportunities

We’ve already established that it is a candidates’ market, both in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession and the employment marketplace overall. And in such circumstances, candidates have the leverage when engaging with potential new employers. However, the important question is this one: are you using the leverage that you currently have? After all, what good is leverage if you don’t actually use it and use it well?

Ideally, you want to maximize the leverage that you possess. That’s because when you maximize your leverage, you uncover more opportunities and create more options for yourself. And when you have more options, you’re in a better position to make better positions about your career—regardless of whether you choose to stay with your current employer or pursue another employment opportunity.

The VET Recruiter has decades of experience in the Animal Health industry and Veterinary profession. We’ve helped countless candidates and professionals explore premium job opportunities, create more options for themselves, and maximize the leverage they possess in the marketplace.

And we can help you, too!

If you’re looking to make a change or explore your employment options, then we want to talk with you. I encourage you to contact us or you can also create a profile and/or submit your resume for consideration.

We help support careers in one of two ways: 1. By helping Animal Health and Veterinary professionals to find the right opportunity when the time is right, and 2. By helping to recruit top talent for the critical needs of Animal Health and Veterinary organizations. If this is something that you would like to explore further, please send an email to stacy@thevetrecruiter.com.