Should You Use A Recruiter?
Whether you have been working for years, or you are just starting to job hunt, using a recruiter may help you find some prospects you didn’t think were out there. That said it's important to have the right expectations when deciding to work with a recruiter. With that in mind, here are some of the pros and cons of using a recruiter to help you on the journey to a job.
Recruiters Can Open Doors
Recruiters typically either work directly for a company or for an independent recruiting firm. They have an insider track on the job market, which means access to job openings that won't necessarily be available to the wider public. For potential employees, this has two benefits: More career opportunities and the potential for a smaller pool of applicants. A recruiter can also use their experience to help prepare you once you've landed an interview. They can give you a more in-depth understanding of your job responsibilities, while offering an early glimpse into the culture of your prospective employer. You'll be surprised what a little insider knowledge can do.
Recruiters Aren't Psychics
Recruiters work to match exactly the right employee to a job opening, but it's important to remember that they aren't the same thing as a career counselor. When you walk in the door, they won't know anything about you. They only know the needs of the company or client that has hired them. When you meet with a recruiter, it's important to be clear and direct about the kind of job you are looking for. A résumé isn't going to tell them anything about your career goals or aspirations, so use that initial conversation to let them know who you are and how you might be a good fit with the organization they represent. The more specific you are, the easier it will be for a recruiter to invest in your success. You might also avoid being placed in a job that you end up disliking.
Recruiters Are Motivated
Most recruiters, especially those who work independently, are only paid by their client once a job has been filled. That means they have a personal stake in finding you a job. Once they have your résumé in hand and your career goals in mind, a motivated recruiter will immediately get to work trying to match you with any positions that fit your experience. This is like having a personal cheerleader with a direct line to the hiring staff. A good recruiter has the ability to make connections between your résumé and the market that might not seem obvious. They can also make those who do the actual hiring aware of certain intangibles, like your communication skills or level of motivation. This is why that initial meeting is so important. You're giving them the evidence they need to prove that you've got the goods.
Recruiter Aren't Always A Guarantee
Recruiters can make strong recommendations about hiring decisions, but very rarely will they do the actual hiring themselves. If you decide to use a recruiter, it's important to know in advance that they aren’t a guarantee that a job offer is just around the corner. Hungry job seekers should view recruiters as just one more tool at their disposal. It's not an excuse to stop looking on your own, or to avoid opportunities outside of the recruitment process that can improve your chances of landing your dream job. And remember, if a recruiter does match you with an opportunity, that doesn't guarantee that it's the right fit. It's important to have a little help on your journey toward a career, but ultimately it's you who chooses which path to take.
CTU’s Career Services department can also help prepare students as they job search. From résumé and cover letter assistance to interview preparation, CTU’s career coaches are on hand to assist students – learn more.