Having a recruiter or headhunter provide professional help for an individual's career can prove to be a huge advantage. A recruiter can help someone climbing the corporate ladder secure a position at a larger, more prestigious company. He or she can help someone get the promotion they want, or land a coveted position elsewhere on the fast track to career success.
Although there are many benefits to having a recruiter in one's corner, these people aren't super heroes, and there are things they cannot do for a person's career. Set reasonable expectations by reading further to learn more about the things a recruiter can't help people with as they strive to advance their careers.
Recruiters can't do everything, no matter how proficient they are.
Things a Recruiter CANNOT Do
Building a career within the same company is sometimes a better choice.
Choosing the Right and Wrong Times to Work with a Recruiter
Like many other career moves, it's important to consider whether or not the timing is right to use a recruiter. These professionals are often called in at the midpoint of an individual's career, after that person has accrued experience and gained credibility. Utilizing a recruiter at this point makes good career sense because the person is likely to want to take the next big leap around this time. A recruiter can be instrumental in helping someone make that leap, but they're not the only option available for career growth, nor should they be treated as such.
Businesspeople in growth mode should always know where they want to go, understand their options, and act with an eye on the present and the future before making the decision to work with a recruiter.
Mary Ylisela, a former recruiter, is a veteran writer who works with businesspeople as a motivational coach and also writes on many topics pertinent to the business arena.