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05/11/10
Working With Recruiters
Filed under: Recruiters
Posted by: John Hadley @ 9:24 am

I just came across this posting to a variety of networking groups to which I belong:

“As you probably already know recruiters usually have the best jobs in the
market, the ones that are not posted. The ones only the recruiter can
get because of his or her relationship with the
client.


A good recruiter can be worth more than GOLD to a client
company. Most CEO’s will tell you they are only as good as their
people. Ever get frustrated with recruiters not calling you back or
following up after you have submitted your resume? Want to get
noticed?


The facts are that recruiters are commission driven and
they work on what they think can close fast. It’s just the nature of
the business; if recruiters don’t get people hired then they don’t eat.
Sure some companies pay base salary’s but that is for rent not
food.


If you want to get the attention and get noticed then you
haft to be willing to help the process along.


See the
five tips here:

http://www.employmentdigest.net/2010/05/5-tips-when-working-with-recruiters/

While these are good points, they are mostly from the recruiter’s point of view.

As a candidate you want to also make sure you
are working with very good recruiters in your specific field. As with any
profession, there are a small percentage of very strong performers, a large
percentage who are average, and a large percentage
who aren’t all that good.
You want to work primarily with the top recruiters.


You want to be
sure that they have a strong track record of placements in your industry, in
your specific job, at your compensation level. Just as you would expect a
quality recruiter to interview you before agreeing to present you, you should
expect to interview them before agreeing to be presented.


For more on
how to work effectively with recruiters (from the candidate’s point of view),
see this article:


http://www.JHACareers.com/ArticlesRecruiters.htm

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