Job recruiters of all types can be very helpful to potential job applicants who are looking to move to the next level of their careers. BUT! Several factors should be kept in mind if you (as a job applicant) want to work with a recruiter.
- “They work for the company, not the job seeker.”
- “They can earn big bucks for placing one candidate.”
- “They spend a lot of time with Excel. Recruiters will make and update lists of potential companies, job openings, and candidates Even if a company passes on one of their candidates, recruiters keep the names and contact information of good candidates in their spreadsheets for future opportunities.”
- “The word they hear most often is ‘no.’ On the candidate side, you are selling yourself as someone worthwhile to speak to—to open up and share intimate information about career dreams, compensation, and personal/family goals.”
- “They’re addicted to LinkedIn. Executive recruiters lurk in LinkedIn every day.”
- “Dealing with dejected or dishonest job seekers drains their energy.”
- “The burnout rate is high.”
- [Some] companies use them as a last resort.
- They’re spin doctors. Most recruiters are honest, respectful, and professional. But some may be brusque when making cold calls or dealing with a candidate who isn’t a good match for an open job.”
- “They’re less competitive (with each other) than you might think.”
- “They accept the reality that the best candidate doesn’t always get the job. A mediocre candidate may beat out an outstanding candidate.”
- They love solving problems for their clients, working with people, and matching a job seeker to a company.”
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