Monday, April 25, 2011

Finding Work Through A Recruiter

I got a call this morning from a woman asking if I could help her find a marketing communications employment opportunity. My first thought was to tell her that Captain Recruiter isn't able to represent individuals, but that didn't seem like the most helpful answer I could give. Instead I came up with the following 3 points:
  1. Recruiters are paid by the employer, not the job seeker.

    This is good to know, because it helps you understand a recruiter's motivations. How hard do you work when you are unlikely to be compensated? If someone offers to help you find work for a fee, run the other direction as fast as you can.

  2. Focus on the position before the recruiter.

    If you see a job posting or a recruiter approaches you with a specific opportunity, you are heading in the right direction. The recruiter wants to fill that job (see the above point). If you are the right person, a good recruiter will let you know pretty quickly. If the recruiter isn't reaching out to you, move on.

  3. Ask the recruiter if they've placed people like you in the past year.

    If a recruiter doesn't have an open position for you, feel free to ask if they've placed people like you in the past. If the answer is yes, let that recruiter know you'd be interested in hearing from them regarding future opportunities. Reach out to that recruiter once in a while (every three months?) to remind them you are still on the market.

If you can't find a recruiter with open positions, you need to work extra hard to find employment on your own. No one cares as much about your future paycheck as you do.

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