Why should I use a recruiter?Benefits of Using a Recruiter

You are at your desk, or at home watching TV when you get a call from a recruiter who has found your contact information using the many secrets of the trade (sorry – that’s one secret I intend to keep). Before you hang up the phone, remember that recruiters can hold the keys to the hidden jewels of the job market. Use them and they may just open the door to a new career opportunity. I am not saying this because I am a recruiter, because I’m not – I just work for them. What I have learned working behind the scenes is the important role a recruiter can play in a person's career path. Even if you are not looking now, you may need their help later, so this applies to those who are blissfully happy with their careers, as well as those looking for a new opportunity. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should use a recruiter. Look for Part II: What to expect from your recruiter on Thursday.

  1. Hidden Job Market. I said earlier that recruiters hold the hidden jewels of the job market, and here they are – undisclosed jobs. Many times, especially with Sr level positions, companies have confidential roles that are for restricted eyes only. Companies then turn to recruiters for help with these positions. You cannot find these positions listed on Monster, or the various other job sites on the web. Imagine - your dream job may just be a recruiter away. This point goes hand in hand with #2.
  2. Connections. Recruiters have clout with hiring managers and sr. level executives - many of us do not. You send your resume to numerous companies, and post your resume on various job sites to no avail. You still haven’t heard a peep. Recruiters have the connections to not only get you in the door, but also get feedback – whether positive or negative – rather quickly. Think of how many others are applying to the same job you are…tons. Hiring managers and HR personnel simply cannot and do not have the time to review every resume. A recruiter can guarantee that you won’t be just another resume in a pile; you will be sent to Sr manager who will review your resume. Don’t you love recruiters just a little bit more now?
  3. Expertise. Are you underpaid? Overpaid? Are you ready for a Sr role? Are your technical skills up to par? There are a number of questions that can help you make an informed decision when it comes to strategic career planning, and a recruiter is a great resource to utilize. They can help you find answers and ask questions that will guide you to the right job and the right steps to take in order to advance your career. Best of all, this information is free, unbiased and essential when determining your position and worth in today’s job market.
  4. End Game is the same. You and your recruiter have the same goal, and that is to make sure you are putting your best foot forward, meeting the right people, and hopefully getting you an ideal role that is a perfect fit for both you and your future employer. They're on your side. This leads me to point #5…
  5. Long-term ally. Let’s say you found a recruiter, you find a job (whether it was their role or not), and you are now perfectly content, remember this may not always be the case. Come 3-5 years down the line you may decide to try your hands at a new company/role again. Or you may spend the rest of your days in the company you are working for, but may need advice when it comes to compensation, employee rights, etc… You now have an ally that is there for you to utilize. Recruiters (meaning legitimate, professional recruiters) are in it for the long haul. They are in the business of building relationships with both candidates and clients, and making sure both parties are equally satisfied. Therefore you not only gain a new role, but you also gain an important ally to guide you through your current and future career path.

So the next time a recruiter calls you, you just might want to pick up the phone.

-Evelyn Amaro

NationStaff Inc.

This article was originaly posted on NationStaff's Blog

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Tags: Advice, Career, IT, Job, NC, NYC, Recruiter, Recruitment, Search, recruiter

Comment by Terra on April 20, 2012 at 10:19am

Well said.

 

Comment by StaffingStarr on April 20, 2012 at 11:37am

Great article - spot on!  I like that you offered a big picture perspective on the candidate-recruiter partnership.

 

Comment by Evelyn Amaro on April 20, 2012 at 1:21pm

Thanks Terra and Denise. There are so many misconceptions about the world of recruiting that I wanted to share some of the benefits recruiters have to offer. I'm glad you liked the article.

Comment by Noel Cocca on April 20, 2012 at 1:28pm

Thanks for the post Evelyn, nice job!

Comment by Evelyn Amaro on April 20, 2012 at 1:36pm

Thanks Noel!

Comment by Kyle Schafroth on April 20, 2012 at 5:08pm

Great post Evelyn - #2 is one of the biggest in my opinion and part of the reason I advocate working with a recruiter for just about every career level/industry. Someone you know (recruiter) always knows someone you don't (hiring manager, etc.)

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Comment by Evelyn Amaro on April 23, 2012 at 9:04am

Thanks for your comments and supprt Kyle. As long as you work with the right recruiter, the benefits of using one are great.

Comment by Cora Mae Lengeman on April 23, 2012 at 6:12pm

Evelyn are you poaching other blogger's blogs?

You don't have a personal blog yet you stated - before you deleted your comment that you posted this blog on your personal blog and that several people found it most helpful.  TI think that's crap.

I think you stole another blogger's blog - same with the stuff on your LinkedIn profile.

Shame on you!

Comment by Vikas Jain on April 24, 2012 at 12:01pm

Very True ! Thank you for writing this article Evelyn.

Comment by Suzanne Levison on April 24, 2012 at 3:26pm

Good points, but I am never "used!"

More collaborate and talk with many prospects during the search project for the client (who pays my invoice) A call from a recruiter (for whatever the reason) is special. You were sought out either to discuss a career prospect, refer someone you admire, your opinion about a specific industry topic, a reference check, etc~ALL good reasons and an opportunity to cultivate a valuable relationship.

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