Learn How To Use Recruiters In Your Job Search! by Nathan Newberger

FACT

Even for the most able job seeker, the job search can feel like a lonely process. You find yourself in a whirlwind of sending resumes, writing cover letters, juggling interviews all while networking at every opportunity. You do all this in order to the land the job of your dreams. But you don’t have to do it on your own. If you choose, you can have your very own agent (at least of sorts). This person is a recruiter. Using the right recruiter can help you to both better manage and improve the results of your job search.

WHY USE RECRUITERS? THE ADVANTAGES?

#1 - THE POWER OF CONTACT: As a part of his or her job, the successful recruiter has developed relationships within many different companies. Through these relationships, the recruiter gains an understanding of what the employer is looking for. This is knowledge that he can pass on to you as you prepare for interviews. Recruiters also have access to people that they have placed in other positions. From these people, the recruiter can gain an accurate picture of the work environment. This is valuable information for the job seeker for whom work atmosphere is an important consideration.

#2 - GUIDANCE COUNSELORS: While the average person may go on 6 job searches in a lifetime, the experienced recruiter has been on hundreds if not more. What this means is that he has tremendous experience in finding the right job. He is an excellent source for your job search questions. In addition, recruiters who specialize in placing newer candidates (those with less than 3 years experience) often give tips on items such as improving resumes and interviewing.

#3 - HIDDEN JOB FACTOR: Sometimes the best job opportunities are not posted for the general public. The needs of the employer may be too specialized to be described in a 3-line job posting. Or the employer may not have time to waste in sorting through hundreds of resumes that could come flooding in by placing an add in the paper or on the internet. In these cases the employer must rely on other sources to obtain the right person for the job. These sources often include trusted recruiters.

#4 - ABSOLUTELY NO COST: Most recruiters are paid by the employer once the employee has completed a certain tenure at the job (usually less than 1 year). Considering all the advantages mentioned above coupled with the lack of financial outlay, using a recruiter is something any serious job seeker should consider.

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY WORK WITH RECRUITERS

#1 - COME PREPARED: The successful job seeker does his homework. Before you meet with a recruiter give serious thought to items such as what you require in a new position and what types of companies interest you. If you are planning to interview while still on the job, think about when you can meet with prospective employers as well as when you can talk to the recruiter. Come ready to discuss all these things. Don’t forget to have your resume updated and your references prepared. You want to be ready to act when the recruiter presents a good opportunity.

#2 - BE UPFRONT: Clearly communicate your needs and preferences to the recruiter. This includes items such as salary, relocation, benefits, advancement opportunities and anything else that is important to you in your job search. Your being upfront will help the recruiter to match you with opportunities that you would genuinely be interested in. Remember may opportunities come across a recruiter’s desk. They won’t know what is right for you unless you tell them. In addition, be honest about your expectations of the recruiter.

#3 - BE HONEST: Do not exaggerate your skills or accomplishments. The recruiter is representing you to prospective employers and you want him to represent your true ability and experience. If the recruiter believes that you are not being forthright, he may discontinue the relationship. One of the recruiter’s most valuable assets is his relationship with the employer. Dishonesty might jeopardize your chances of getting the job, the recruiter’s reputation with the employer and your relationship with the recruiter.

#4 - BE PROFESSIONAL: Don’t save your good behavior for the job interview. Show the recruiter that you are a talented and intelligent professional who is bound for success. Your interaction with the recruiter strongly influences his impression of the type of person you are. This in turn has a direct impact on the job opportunities that he sends your way. Remember, part of the recruiter’s advantage is that he has built relationships with people of influence at various companies. By sending an unqualified candidate to a job interview he risks damaging his credibility with the employer; therefore it is unlikely that he will do so.

To sum it all up, a recruiter can be an excellent tool to add to your job search arsenal. They offer a wealth of expertise and guidance in a process that can seem overwhelming.

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