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Guide to Working with Recruiters

Job seekers frequently ask me for help connecting with a recruiter they can pay to find them a job. In the USA, that's not how recruiters typically work.

Job seekers need to understand two important things about recruiters.

1. Recruiters, no matter how friendly, do not work for the job seeker.

They work for the employer who pays them. Many -- particularly external recruiters -- will go out of their way to help you, if they can, but do not expect them to do your job hunting for you.

2. There are many different kinds of recruiters, but they all fall into one of two major categories:

•Internal Recruiters

Also known as "in-house" recruiters, these recruiters are employees of the employer they represent, paid a salary by the employer. Within the employers organization, internal recruiters may recruit for the whole organization or only a part of it -- specific departments or specific job functions.

•Agency/External Recruiters

These recruiters are also known as "independent" recruiters, "headhunters," "search consultants," or "sourcers" depending on how they work and how they are paid.

They are employees of recruiting or "staffing" firms or agencies usually helping many different employers find employees.

External recruiters may specialize in a location, a profession, an industry, a job level(like top executives), a search technology/method, or a combination. Some firms focus on helping employers find employees for temporary assignments, often called "temping agencies" or "contracting agencies" which may specialize in a location, profession, etc.

3. Recruiters usually manage the hiring process, but they don't make the hiring decision.

The hiring manager, typically the person to whom the new hire will report, is usually the official decision-maker in the hiring process. Often, the hiring manager is advised by other members of the team who have interviewed the job candidates and also by the recruiter.

Job seekers frequently ask me for help connecting with a recruiter they can pay to find them a job. In the USA, that's not how recruiters typically work.

Susan P Joyce

Excerpted from :www.job-hunt.org


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