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Should You Use A Recruiter In Your Job Search?

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If you are searching for a new career or you are an eLearner earning your college degree online, you may have wondered if a recruiter could help you find employment more easily than if you take on the challenge by yourself. What might assist you in making the decision whether or not to utilize a recruiter’s services? Here are some pros and cons…

Pros

Steady stream of work. If you are good at what you do, then using a recruiter could be a great way of channeling a continuing stream of work. It is best to be honest about the type of work you are looking for, your educational and career background, and your qualifications. If you are not, you could be setting yourself up for failure.

It’s cheap. Since you do not have to pay an employment agency to assist you in your job hunt if you use a recruiter instead, you could bank that money you might have otherwise spent.

Get in the door. Recruiters are generally well-connected people. They know other recruiters and they may even share information they glean. Plus, they have reputations to uphold with their clients. If you make use of a recruiter’s services, you could find yourself presented with more opportunities with larger companies that you may not have stood a chance with on your own.

Cons

Missing information. Do not assume that a recruiter will tell you everything you need to know about a particular job opening. Be sure to ask questions. For example, if you receive an offer to travel out-of-state for a job interview, ask who is footing the bill for your travel expenses. To pay out-of-pocket for airfare, a rental car, and hotel room only to discover that you did not get the job and you are not going to reimbursed could be costly.

Misunderstanding your skills. Recruiters are like managers. While they may know certain industry buzzwords, they might not understand exactly what it is that you do. Therefore, it is up to you to fill them in on your expertise so that the job opportunities you may receive are viable, potential options.

You may not hear back from them. This reality could happen to you. You might not be a great match for the openings they have. It may be okay to follow-up once or twice during the process but any more than that and you could get labeled as a pest.

Should You Use A Recruiter In Your Job Search?

Having a recruiter assist you in your job search could be a great way for you to expand your career opportunities. Even if the recruiter does not have a current job slot for you to fill, if they like you and feel that you are who you say you are—yes, they usually perform background checks—you could end up on their call-back list.

So, don’t give up hope if it takes some time to find the right career. As long as you remain positive and act professionally, you could find yourself matched sooner rather than later.

For more tips, check out this article, “Recruiter’s Secrets To Help You With Job Searching.”

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Pamela Rossow

Pamela Rossow is a freelance writer who works with higher education clients such as eLearners. She is a native South Floridian who enjoys photography, literature, and hockey. You can follow her on Google+.

7 comments

  1. While true that some recruiters can be beneficial in a search some recruiters are just plain a waste of time. I recently had an experience where a recruiter wanted me to come meet with him in regards to a position I applied for. No problem as it was local. At our interview he didn’t even mention the position. He instructed me to furnish him a list of all companies and the respective positions I recently applied to. Knowing full well that he basically wanted me to cultivate leads for him I told him I’d let him know who to submit me to as we progressed along. Never heard back from him.

  2. Regardless of whether you are using a Recruiter, you should ALWAYS be honest about your background, education, and qualifications. This could seriously backfire on you, and your judgment will be called into question. Working with a Recruiter can be a valuable experience and choice, but you should also do your part in making sure you are ready to make a move and following up with open and honest communication. Best of luck to everyone!

  3. Regardless of whether you are using a Recruiter, you should ALWAYSIt is best to be honest about the type of work you are looking for, your educational and career background, and your qualifications. If you are not, you could be setting yourself up for failure.

  4. Regardless of whether you are using a recruiter or not, you should ALWAYSIt is best to be honest about the type of work you are looking for, your educational and career background, and your qualifications. If you are not, you could be setting yourself up for failure.

  5. Working as a recruiter is a very time consuming position, but I always make an effort to call candidates back and give them news (whether it is good or bad). It sounds like you got on e of the “bad apples” Kettie. Don’t give up hope on all of us just because a few may have not been great.

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