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Will a Recruiter Help or Hurt me in Getting a Job?

Employers are always looking to hire top talent, and often turn to recruiting firms to help them in their search.  As a job candidate, you understand how competitive the job market is today, which is why you must understand how using a recruiter can help you land that perfect job, not hurt you.

As you know, there are many ways in which you can search for a job – newspaper, online ads, word-of-mouth, or even roadside signs, but what you may not know is how recruiters can open other doors of opportunity.  Recruiters often have additional resources available to them, which you cannot gain on your own. 

Below are a few ways in which using a recruiter can help you land that perfect job:

  • Most recruiters and recruiting firms specialize in a specific industry or field.  For example, if you are looking for a job in the construction industry, you would work with a recruiter that specializes in that industry.  Because they work specifically in that industry, they have more leads and avenues to get you the perfect job.
  • Recruiters typically work directly with many businesses that are hiring.  This gives you a “leg up” on the competition.  Many times, these positions are not even published to the general public, which means you would miss out on the opportunity if not working with a recruiter.  Potential employers’ trust and respect candidates sent to them by recruiters.
  • Recruiters will get to know you.  They take the time to understand your skills, wants, and desires.  This allows them to not only find the perfect fit for you professionally, but allows them to give you advice and feedback.  They may suggest updating your resume, adding new skills for your industry, or giving you interviewing tips.  All things that can help you in getting your dream job.
  • Recruiters can help you look for the perfect job even while you are still employed.  They can discreetly help you with job searches, which can help protect hard feelings in your current employment if they were to know you were looking for a new position.

As you can see, recruiters and recruiting firms can be instrumental in you finding the perfect job.  Many candidates often think of their recruiter as a mentor, helping them hone their skills, making them more employable. 

From the employer standpoint, the recruiter will only bring them qualified candidates and can help them with all aspects of the hire, including relocation.  It is a win-win for both sides.