I was talking to a job hunter who said, “Recruiters have never done much for me.” I understand the sentiment. It depends on what you expect.
As a recruiter I help people get jobs, but only a few people. I also prepare a bunch of people to get jobs on their own.
Some things I can do for you are:
- I help you get your resume to look good enough to get you interviews.
- I find jobs you didn’t know about and submit you for them.
- I talk to hiring managers and try to give you an unfair advantage.
- I give you guidance on better interviewing.
- I remind you to send a thank you note after the interview.
- I follow up and follow up and follow up with hiring managers.
- I negotiate a higher salary.
- I help you resign successfully.
- I smooth the way into your new job.
Now, you’ll notice that a bunch of those I do whether you get the job or not. As a recruiter I may not directly get you a job. I may just help you learn some job hunting skills even if I am not paid for it.
One more thing. If I find a better candidate anytime during the process, I will present him to the company. My driving loyalty is getting the best person for the job. I am absolutely committed to avoiding second best. I’ll help you, but you need to be the best candidate for a job. Live with it.
I help people get jobs. I help a few people get the job I submit their resume for. However, I have a huge impact on a lot of job seekers as I help them to become more employable.
Something To Do Today
Make a list of suggestions you have received from recruiters that have helped in your job search. Make sure you remember them for the interviews where the recruiters are not involved.