Why Work With Recruiters Now?

Posted: 8/28/2013

By: Elias Cobb, Quantix Recruiting Manager

Many people ask the question, "Why should I work with a recruiter? There are a lot of openings in my skill area right now. The recruiter is just going to take a percentage of that hourly rate or a fee on my salary and I could have gotten more money if I found the job myself."

Potentially the most compelling reason to work with a recruiter is this: most recruiting agencies work directly with the hiring manager rather than going through HR. That means that when your resume is submitted by a recruiter, it should be going directly to the person who is making the hiring decision. When you apply directly to a company, you really have no way of knowing exactly where your resume is going.

Additionally, a good recruiter will know the corporate culture and more importantly, is honest with you about it. How much do you actually know about the company that you found on the Internet and to whom you sent your resume? A recruiter will be able to tell you what it's like to work there, what types of people are successful there and will be able to answer many ancillary questions that you may have, such as benefits, telecommuting, etc. This information will help you make an informed decision about your next job.

But wait, you say. Doesn't the recruiter just want to place me anywhere he / she can make a fee? Well, that may seem like the case, but most, if not all agencies have a guarantee period with their clients. If you leave or are terminated within the agreed upon period, the recruiter will not get paid and it will hurt the recruiter's chances at future business. It's in the recruiter's best interest to make sure that you are a good fit for the position.

On the contract side of things, many companies, for a variety of reasons, don't contract directly with individuals. That means that those contract positions are only available through a recruiting agency.

Additionally, a recruiter can help you tailor your resume for a specific position. This should never include falsifying your resume, but often a recruiter can help you add specific details that you may have left out that pertain directly to that job. Many times these job details are not included in a general job posting and are shared with the recruiter by the hiring manager. Recruiters can make sure that you aren't leaving any relevant experience out of your resume.

Finally, there are a lot of good recruiters out there who will help you out with your job search even if they don't have an open position at that exact moment. Good recruiters are good at networking and have a long-term view of the hiring process. Some of us can even help you connect with companies that we aren't even doing business with. Unfortunately, there are bad and unethical recruiters out there, just like with any job. Learn to identify the good ones and stay in touch with them!