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Ways a recruiter can make your job search a success

Posted On11/16/2015

ContributorShirin Miller

Develop a relationship with your recruiter

While companies use recruiters to find candidates, the opposite is also common. Savvy professionals seek out third-party recruiters to help them with their job search. In fact, many develop a long-term working relationship with their recruiter, keeping in touch throughout their careers.

Your recruiter is your resource:

  1. Marketing expertise. Recruiters have refined sales skills, either from years of experience or their natural talents. They know exactly how to market your experience and background to a company. Often, they can sell you better than you would be able to sell yourself.
  2. Stand out from the crowd. With a professional representing you, it is easier to stand out from other candidates that have posted their resumes on job boards or who have applied directly to a company.
  3. Free help. One advantage of seeking help from a recruiter is that many do not require a fee from you—the candidate. They are paid by the hiring company, so it’s a win-win situation for you.
  4. Career advice. If you work closely with a recruiter, particularly one that specializes in a specific industry, you will have a great mentor. This can be especially helpful when you’re not sure about what steps you should take to advance your career.
  5. Inside advantage. Because recruiters often have a wide network of connections, they can be a rich resource on many levels. Once recruiters establish a strong relationship with a client, the company comes to rely on them and trusts their recommendations.
  6. Access to unadvertised positions. Recruiters have the inside scoop about job openings not available to the general public. Either they know of jobs available before they are advertised, or they can actually pitch you to a company that wasn’t planning on hiring for a given position.
  7. Resume advice. A good recruiter can provide you with expert advice on what companies like to see on your resume, including how to best present your experience.
  8. Market knowledge. Recruiters must stay abreast of industry changes and current market conditions. They know first-hand what salary range is fair for your job title and whether or not it will be difficult to find a position in your area of interest.
  9. Interview tips. Along with negotiating your salary, recruiters provide other advice on how to approach the interview process with their client.
  10. Learn about the work environment. Many recruiters have knowledge about their client’s office culture and work environment that you may not learn through the normal interview process.
  11. Avoid overexposure. When you post your resume on job boards, it can be viewed by hundreds of employers. You don’t have any control over who sees your resume—including your current employer.