The Reality of Working With Recruiters

At some point in your career — whether you are a recent college graduate or a seasoned professional, or simply looking to branch out into a different industry and don't know where to start — you may be thinking about enlisting a recruiter. There’s a good reason for this: These employment professionals are well-connected and have the resources to help you find your dream job. However, there are some important facts you need to know about working with a recruiter for your job hunt.

1. Recruiters Don't Work for You
Recruiters are hired by employers to find the best matches for open opportunities in their organizations. While the recruiter will be able to determine if you are a good fit for those positions, do not expect her to search for available jobs at other companies for you.

2. Recruiters Must Be Able to Find You Easily
If your resume is not available online, you could be missing out on many different employment opportunities. Recruiters often look for candidates on job search websites such as Indeed, Monster, and CareerBuilder, as well as social media sites such as LinkedIn. It also helps to build a professional presence online by creating articles, presentations, or videos and posting them where they can be easily found. The more high-profile your online presence, the easier it will be for recruiters to find you.

3. You Can't Contact the Employer Directly
Nothing will induce a recruiter to drop you faster than going over her head and contacting an employer directly. If you want the recruiter to think of you for future employment opportunities that match your skills, then be patient with her process.

4. Recruiters Are Not Decision-Makers
Recruiters are often able to weigh in and express their opinions on whether a candidate is right for the position, but it is ultimately up to the hiring supervisor to make a final decision about hiring you.

5. There Are Different Types of Recruiters
It’s important to understand that there are two types of recruiters:

External. These recruiters, also known as "independent" recruiters, don't work directly with the company that is hiring. Instead, they work for a third party, typically a recruiting firm or employment agency. One clue that can help you determine if you’re working with an external recruiter is a domain name in her email address that is not the same as that of the hiring company.

Internal. Also known as “corporate” recruiters, these individuals work directly for the employer's organization. Their email address domain will typically be the same as that of the hiring company.

6. Work With Multiple Recruiters
There is no reason you can't work with more than one recruiter at a time. In fact, by utilizing as many resources and contacts as you can, you will increase your chances of landing that dream job.

7. Recruiters Are Not Career Counselors
Recruiters don't know you or your personality; all they know is what they see on your resume. This is generally not enough information for them to determine where your best fit in an organization would be. It’s your job to tell the recruiter what position you would like and how you are qualified for that position.

8. Be Prepared When You Meet With the Recruiter
Recruiters are very busy people with lots of other potential candidates to meet. Don't waste their time by being unprepared when you meet with them.

9. Don’t Be the “Constant Caller”
While it can be difficult to sit back and wait for the recruiter to contact you, that's exactly what you need to do. It's acceptable to call the recruiter once or twice to touch base, but contacting them every other day is likely to earn you a reputation as a problematic candidate.

Glenn Laumeister is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.

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