How To Use a Recruiter to Find a Job (Part 1 of three)

From time to time, you’d possibly even see a categorised job advert that states, “We have a consumer inside the worldwide monetary providers sector attempting to hire a private banking supervisor [or gross sales advisor, advertising and marketing director, IT supervisor, and many others.]” This is an advert from a recruitment or headhunting agency.

Most job candidates do not understand how recruitment firms function or what are the “guidelines of engagement” when dealing with a recruiter. There are 5 guidelines to bear in thoughts when working with a recruiter. In this primary of three weblog articles, I clarify rule primary:

Rule 1: When shall I use a recruiter?

Recruiters are paid to get hold of licensed job candidates for his or her buyers (i.e. the employer or hiring agency). Recruiters do not cost job candidates for his or her providers; as a substitute they invoice the employer for introducing job candidates who in the end will get employed by them.

Most job candidates usually uncover a recruiter in a single in every of two methods: They will decide recruitment firms through a Google or Yellow Pages search, or through private introductions. They will go to the recruiter’s office, have a quick dialogue with regard to the variety of labor they’re trying for, and hand their resume over to the recruiter. The recruiter will preserve the resume in his database and name the candidate up if he finds acceptable openings.

The completely different method job candidates uncover a recruiter is after they reply a recruiter’s job advert, very associated to the one above. If you see a recruitment advert, and picture you meet lots of the job requirements, you then’ll have the various to ship in your software in a lot the identical method as should you have been making use of on to the employer.

When drafting your cowl letter, preserve in thoughts that you merely’re writing to the recruitment agency, not the employer. Therefore, watch out to not say issues corresponding to, “I’ve prolonged admired your management inside the wi-fi sector.” Instead, state it on this trend: “I’ve prolonged admired XYZ’s management inside the wi-fi sector.”

If the recruitment advert would not state the identify of the agency (that is virtually all of circumstances), and also you are hesitant about making an software, that is nice. In fact, I suggest in direction of making any job software till you already know the identify of the employer. You might name up or digital mail the recruiter, clarify that you merely’re an job applicant, and enquire with regard to the identify of the agency. The recruiter might ask you very detailed questions on your background or occupation, to see in case you are a authentic job candidate.

If the recruitment agency is located on the metropolis, why not pay them a go to so that you’d possibly have the various to fulfill the recruiter in particular person, and discover out if there are completely different jobs which will swimsuit your background and expert profile.

Once you uncover out the identify of the hiring agency, and really feel that your expertise gadgets match the job requirements, then fireplace off your software. But do not apply till you meet lots of the job requirements; bear in thoughts, recruiters are paid to get hold of candidates that match the employer’s job requirements, and would possibly seldom ship through an applicant’s resume till there is a sturdy match.

That’s it for the primary rule. The remaining 4 to be lined inside the following two blogs are:

  • Are my possibilities greater if I apply to a job recruiter’s advert, or if I apply on to the hiring agency?
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  • How many recruitment corporations can I use?
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  • After my interview with a hiring agency, can I adjust to-up with the agency instantly, or ought to I endure my recruiter?
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  • A recruiter has referred to as me up out of the blue; shall I give her my resume?

Stay tuned!


Milton Kiang, B.A., LL.B.

Milton is an expert resume author and helps jobs candidates create extremely effective resumes and persuasive cowl letters. He provides job searchers the benefit they should face above the group, and to land job interviews.

Milton holds a regulation diploma, and is a former govt recruiter with Major, Lindsey & Africa, the largest authorized govt search agency on this planet. He has studied profession counselling and is an expert author, having been revealed inside the Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Courier, Georgia Straight, and the Canadian Lawyer journal. Milton is a former govt with the Vancouver chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC).

Topic: How To Use a Recruiter to Find a Job (Part 1 of three)