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Tips on Using Recruiters

Along with being comfortable and confident in the abilities of the recruiter of your choice, there are some things that a recruiter will do and questions they'll ask that you need to be aware of.

Usually, a recruiter will ask you where your resume is posted and which jobs you've applied for. If your resume is posted on a job board (or multiple boards) let them know as some companies won't pay their fees if they send your resume. Also, telling them which jobs you've applied to avoids duplication of effort on both your part and theirs.

Keep in mind that the recruiter works for the employer, not for you. Occasionally they cannot tell you the companies they're sending your resume until they have an interest in you and want to set up a meeting. When this happens, your resume is presented to them as a blind resume (meaning your contact information is omitted).

Make sure you understand how the recruiters present candidates to employers and how your information will be circulated.

As job descriptions change frequently, so does the skills needed for a particular position. Recruiters will often use candidate testing to determine what the employer wants.

You should never go to the employer directly if you hear of a position through a recruiter. It is risky to you professionally and unethical. Most reputable companies will avoid disputes where a candidate tries to go around the agreement between a company and a recruiter. They will not want to hire you under these circumstances and the recruiter will most likely not send your resume to other companies for consideration.

Recruiters will often prepare candidates' resumes before sending them to a client company. There are several reasons for this. It is not because anything is wrong with the one you gave, it could be the client wants resumes in a particular format and/or so the recruiter can easily put it into the computer database. You may request a copy of the resume they are submitting, but don't send it to other recruiters.

Finally, don't be disappointed if you send your resume to a recruiter and they don't respond. They receive tons of resumes every day, and oftentimes will put your resume into the database because they don't have any positions that you would fit in at the moment. It will be put into the database to contact you later when they have something for you.