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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Comment by Bhavya Gajapathy on April 30, 2012 at 7:50am

Great Post Evelyn. This should hopefully change the misconceptions that people have about recruiters.

Comment by Nate Fischer on April 30, 2012 at 4:50pm

Hey Peter, let's be civil here.  There was something that Cora saw and felt, and maybe she jumped the gun but she's entitled to her opinion.  

You don't know her from a hole in the wall, and she is quite the talented recruiter

Comment by Joelle Mekongo on May 1, 2012 at 4:41pm

Great post. Thank you Evelyn.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on May 1, 2012 at 8:18pm

Nate, opinion is not the same thing as making an unfounded accusation of criminal actions.  No one is entitled to make a false accusation period.  Cora owes Evelyn an apology at very least.  It has nothing to do with if or how talented Cora is as a recruiter.  You don't feel plagiarism, if you suspect it you check before you open your mouth and make that accusation and scold someone when you don't have a leg to stand on. An attempt to damage a writers reputation by such an allegation is not jumping the gun it is idiotic and libel.  That kind of action does call for a civil response.  Cora can have all kinds of opinions on everything under the sun and not be called an idiot.  She is not entitled to civility in this case.  She was not civil or accurate in fact she was not even civil enough to call it plagiarism.  she point blank accused Evelyn of stealing.  Idiot!

Comment by Jody Dugan on May 2, 2012 at 1:54pm

Great message, Evelyn.  Thank you for sharing. I find it refreshing to read an article that reinforces the professionalism and credibility of the recruiting industry, all the while bringing public awareness to the great benefits recruiters offer.

Comment by Nate Fischer on May 3, 2012 at 7:23am

Sandra, please!  She asked a question, stated what she believed to be true based purely on a comment that has been removed by the original poster anyways, so we can't even make a fair judgement of what we can't even see anymore.  It's called whistleblowing.  It might have proved to be truly founded not unfounded. 

See that's the problem with the world, we are encouraged, no, SHAMED, to NOT make comments or accusations about what we might feel or thing.  Think about it, you see a car with 4 male adults, and one small child in the backseat, moving slow, then fast, slow then fast, then it hastily makes a left hand turn into an abandoned for sale house you know has been uninhabited for over a year.  Would I be an "idiot" for calling the police?  Similar situation, it's unfounded, it seems shady based upon what I know, should I personally investigate the car license plate?  Or should I, as you encourage, just go about my daily business because I don't have enough justification to call the appropriate people and let them decide.  

As a side note, the above truly happened to me, and I called the police.  Do I know what happened, no, but if they were truly the parents, or one of em was, I would think they would appreciate the awkwardness and the fact I called.  

We, as a people, should not simply sit idly by and let popular or public opinion cause us to NOT call out what we think is wrong or unjust.  As you so kindly pointed out, in this case it does not appear to be the case; however, that should not dissuade us from having that discussion.  

Comment by Richard Wood on May 3, 2012 at 10:10am

What about the recruiters that contact you once and then you never hear from them again?

Comment by Jody Dugan on May 3, 2012 at 11:41am

Great article, Evelyn. Thank you for sharing.  I find it refreshing to read an article that supports the professionalism and credibility of the recruiting industry, all the while providing public awareness of the benefits of using a recruiter.

Comment by Jody Dugan on May 3, 2012 at 11:42am

Great article, Evelyn. Thank you for sharing.  I find it refreshing to read an article that supports the professionalism and credibility of the recruiting industry, all the while providing public awareness of the benefits of using a recruiter.

Comment by Jody Dugan on May 3, 2012 at 11:47am

Great article, Evelyn. Thank you for sharing.  I find it refreshing to read an article that supports the professionalism and credibility of the recruiting industry, all the while providing public awareness of the benefits of using a recruiter.

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