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 Evelyn Amaro on April 25, 2012 at 9:39am

Hi Cora, I don't know where you are getting this information, but this is my article and is posted on my blog. The link is even posted on the article above. Please do your research before criticizing. Shame on you for claiming that my ORIGINAL work is stolen. Please do verify facts before making such accusations. Thank you.

Comment by Evelyn Amaro on April 25, 2012 at 9:41am

Vikas, Thank you for reading the article!

Comment by Evelyn Amaro on April 25, 2012 at 9:45am

Hi Denise, Finding a good recruiter starts with research. What type of role are you looking for? What areas are you open to? These two questions are good starting points. After that, using personal referrals, referrals from this website, and a little internet research for firms specializing in your area is a great way to start. Just be sure that the recruiter understands that you do not want your resume sent without your permission. I'm posting another article on tips to choosing a recrutier I hope you will find useful. Let me know if you have additional questions.

Comment by Evelyn Amaro on April 25, 2012 at 9:47am

You made some excellent points about the recruiter/candidate relationship Suzanne! Thank you.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on April 25, 2012 at 3:26pm

@Cora I am not sure why you think Evelyn plagiarized this blog.  I just ran an advance plagiarism checker.  The only other place this blog or any part of it appears anywhere is on a European blog site and the author is Evelyn.

If i missed something someplace please cite  from what source Evelyn has plagiarized this blog.  That is a pretty serious charge if she has done so and the site owners need to have definite information to protect the site from plagiarized content.  If you cannot cite a source i would be very careful with accusations like that.  A retraction might be in order if you cannot cite.

Comment by Evelyn Amaro on April 25, 2012 at 3:31pm

Thank you Sandra. I was very surprised and insulted by that accusation. I have no idea why she would think such a thing. This article also appears on my blog and I cited that in my article. I appreciate your support Sandra. Plagiarism is a serious offense and one that I would never commit.

Comment by Bob McIntosh on April 26, 2012 at 5:52am

Very nice. Thank you for the information, something I can share with my jobseekers. 

Comment by Peter Ceccarelli on April 26, 2012 at 5:09pm

@ Evelyn........you asked "I have no idea why she would think such a thing".  And the answer is.......because she's an idiot!

Comment by Marnie W. Katz on April 27, 2012 at 4:25pm

Very true. Anyone out there on this board a recruiter who's focus is Supply Chain/Logistics Professionals?

Comment by Vikas Jain on April 28, 2012 at 1:55am

Evelyn, really waiting for "Part II: What to expect from your recruiter"  :) 

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