Finding a job: Recruiters

A trusted recruiter can make the process of finding a job exponentially easier

It's a numbers game.  Obviously, when trying to find a job, two heads (or sometimes more) are better than one.  Finding a job is hard enough.  Added to this disheartening and sometimes confusing process are the many options when it comes to working with a recruiter.  But these 3 simple steps can help you differentiate between those with solely commissions on their mind versus those that can be a trusted and valuable resource.

1. Industry Specific

Many job recruiters specialize in specific industries.  Whether you are looking for a job in the field of medicine, accounting, or engineering, chances are there is a recruiter that specializes in your desired field.  Seeking out these professionals will focus your search and eliminate wasted time.

2. Trust Your Recruiter

If possible, work with a recruiter that you know personally or has been referred to you by a trusted resource.  Because recruiters are paid on commissions of the people that they help find employment, less virtuous recruiters are more concerned with filling a position and filling their pockets, as opposed to marrying an employer and employee in a mutually beneficial scenario.  One way to tell if your recruiter can be trusted is whether they take the time to get to know you and to teach you about the job search process.  If your recruiter meets with you personally, learns about you and your employment desires,  and shows you all the networking and job search tools available to you, you are most likely dealing with a professional with integrity.  If your recruiter is constantly emailing or leaving voicemails with leads to jobs that you have made known that you aren't interested in, or encourages you to take an interview you do not desire to take, beware.

3. Take Their Advice

Once you feel comfortable that you are working with a recruiter whom you can trust, listen to what they have to say.  This could be advice on revising your resume, updating an online job website profile, or even telling you to cut your hair (your band buddies might think your shoulder-length hair looks great, but the law firm you're applying at is most likely a little more conservative).  Recruiters make money in the job-seeking industry; you do not.  They are the experts, and if you seek their help, do your part and take their advice!

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Next Steps: The Interview

While working with a recruiter can certainly help you cast a wider net in your quest to find a job, be cautious and choose who you work with wisely.  Finding the right recruiter ensures that you aren't wasting time and effort running down rabbit trails that dead-end with you still seeking work.  In the next article in the How To Find A Job series, we will focus on the most crucial and most intimidating part of the job search process: the interview.  Check back periodically for more great articles on how to find a job.