- There's More Than One Type of Recruiter. Working with an agency recruiter will give you a different experience than an in-house recruiter who works directly for the hiring company. Agency recruiters work on commission more often, and more heavily, so they are typically more motivated to push your resume through than an in-house recruiter. They may even coach you a bit on how to optimize your resume before it's presented. Even within agencies though, there are two more types of recruiters, Contingency and Retained. Contingency recruiters are non-exclusive and commission only. Retained recruiters are exclusive and receive a salary, or retainer as a result.
- Recruiters Don't Work For You. I know it's hard to be patient when you need a job quickly, but many candidates put too much hope in recruiters, thinking that they'll get them a job. It does happen that way, but you cannot rely on it. At the end of the day, their job is to fill the position with the best candidate, which may or may not be you. Their performance is often graded on retention (if they are in-house), so finding the right fit does matter to them. (Personal note: I learned this lesson the hard way when I was unemployed years ago. I still remember getting the "we work for the company, not you" speech from a recruiter!)
- The Human Factor. There is one terrific benefit to working with a recruiter. They're human! In today's modern job search, you need to do everything you can to avoid the online black hole and "humanize" the job search again. Establishing relationships with recruiters is a way to do that. You've got a better shot at getting some actual feedback on your candidacy from a recruiter than you ever will from a computer. So, connect with as many of them as you want! The more connections you make, the better. Relying on any one person (or strategy) in your search never works. So cast a wide net, my friends!
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