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  • What you need to know about job recruiters

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    Published October 30, 2012
    What you need to know about job recruiters
    Try to find an agency that specifically recruits for the industry you specialize.

    So, you’re on the market for a new gig. Don’t know where to start? More and more job candidates are turning to recruiters and recruiting agencies to find that perfect match.

    While leaning on the experience and network of a recruiter can open up new opportunities, it’s necessary to be aware of how recruiting works to maximize the potential return for you as a job seeker.

    How recruiting works

    The first thing to know about recruiters is that they aren’t necessarily advocates for what’s best for the job seeker. Recruiters and agencies are paid by the company with the job opening, and the recruiter isn’t paid until the position is filled and held for a certain period of time.

    So, while it’s in the best interest of the recruiter to find a candidate who is the right fit for the position, they’re also looking to fill the position quickly. The ultimate onus is on the candidate to do research and ensure they’re a good match for the job.

    However, one of the major pros for enlisting the help of a recruiter is that there really is no cost whatsoever to the job seeker. Because they are paid by the company looking for qualified candidates, the only thing you have to invest is a little time to connect with the right recruiting agency.

    Determine what you want in a job first

    Before seeking out a recruiter, do some research to determine what kind of role it is you are looking for. Narrow your search down to certain geographical parameters. Do you prefer to work in the city? Are you fine with commuting?

    Next, make a list of wants and needs in the job you’re seeking. Look at your CV and highlight some features and skill sets from previous posts that you’d like to see incorporated into your next role. If you love project management, make that clear to your recruiter. If professional development is important to you, let your recruiter know that working for a company that encourages career advancement is on the top of your list.

    Once you’ve made your list and checked it twice, take some time to update your resume and cover letter. Include your most recent positions and duties, as well as any awards or distinctions. Your recruiter can’t properly sell you to their clients unless they have an updated list of qualities to draw from.

    Find the right recruiter

    More important than finding a list of local recruiters is honing in on an agency hat’s right for you. There’s a number of recruiting firms out there, but try to find an agency that specifically recruits for the industry you specialize. For example, if you’re hoping to find a position in finance, find an agency that are experts in placing candidates with that specific skill set.

    Recruiters specializing in your field of interest are more likely to have connections with the employers you’re hoping to meet.

    Help your recruiter help you

    Depending on the agency that takes you on as a candidate, you might be offered a slew of interviews right away. Once you get set up with a recruiter, make sure you only attend interviews for jobs that actually interest you. Remember: You’re not only representing yourself, but also your recruiter. So be honest about what positions interest you and which don’t — otherwise you’re wasting everyone’s time.

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