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 Sandra McCartt on May 3, 2012 at 12:50pm
Nate,any idiot can check to see if something is plagiarized for free. Comparing that accusation to seeing something suspicious in a moving car is ludicrous. Her comments even went so far as to include Evelyn's LinkedIn profile.

Calling some out for what we might believe is a false statement of opinion is one thing. Accusing a writer of stealing something and publishing it as their own work is just dumb when it takes two minutes to run a plagiarism check. I would shame anyone into never posting something like that without taking a minute to check it before flopping that kind of accusation out there.

Using your analogy if Cora was suspicious and didn't want to or doesn't know how to check then she should have contacted Tim and expressed her suspicion. Did you walk up to the car you mention and tell the driver that you thought they were kidnapping a child?

An accusation of criminal activity in writing that is unfounded and based on opinion is actionable under the law. There is a whole body of law being developed as related to false accusations posted on blogs and social media. I did not suggest that Cora go about her daily business. I suggested to her that it was a serious accusation, if she could back it up to please cite. She did not do so nor did she come back and post an apology saying she was wrong. In fact Cora just went about her daily business. If you want to call it whistleblowing let me assure you that whistleblowers who blow the whistle better have something to back it up or they are no longer a whistleblower, they become a false accuser and are subject to severe reprimand at very least and prosecution for false accusation in some cases.

If any of us fire from the hip , make a false accusation of a criminal act that could damage someone's reputation the discussion should immediately include a written apology stating that we made a mistake. Even a newspaper that prints the wrong name under a picture or publishes anything that is wrong prints a retraction in the same venue.

I would suspect that in the future Cora will be somewhat careful about making an accusation of theft in writing in comments as will anyone else so this discussion may certainly be beneficial. Bottom line , don't be an idiot and make an accusation of something criminal in writing if you can't back it up. If you fire from the hip and do so with no proof, retract it fast and apologize. Damaging someone's reputation with false accusations has little to do civility, it's serious business.
Comment by Sandra McCartt on May 3, 2012 at 12:54pm
And Nate, you can't yell fire in a crowded theatre and call it whistleblowing because you FELT you smelled smoke. Unless if course you want to take the HEAT.

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