When to Use a Recruiter – and When You Shouldn’t

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If you’re looking for a new job, you don’t have to go it alone. You can bring in the expertise of a professional recruiter to assist you in the process, so you find your next role, faster. However, not all are created equal and sometimes it’s best to go it alone. How can you tell and determine whether or not you should use a recruiter? Here are some tips to consider:

When to Use a Recruiter

When your job search seems stuck.

If you’ve been searching for a job for a long time without good results, a recruiter can review your resume and cover letter and assess your interview skills, all to pinpoint any areas that need improvement. They can also give you insight into what hiring managers are looking for in candidates, so you can promote your background and abilities in a way that will get you noticed.

When you’re in-demand or have a hard-to-find skill.

When this is the case, recruiters can evaluate your background and abilities and help to match you with the best-fit position. One of the benefits of working with a recruiter is that they have a lot of insight about the employers they partner with, so you can assess whether they’d be right for your goals, personality and career needs.

When you’re too busy.

Is your current job keeping you too busy to apply to positions and follow up on leads? If so, a recruiter can help. They’ll stay on top of current openings, from advertised ones to those that are hidden, as well. You’ll be able to find out and apply to them faster and more efficiently while having an advocate working for you.

When Not to Use a Recruiter

When you’re entry-level.

Most employers who are using a recruiter aren’t looking for an entry-level employee. That said, there are some recruiters who specialize in placing entry-level workers, so if you’re just starting out in your career, look for those instead.

When you need advice.

Are you interested in changing fields? Are you uncertain about your career next steps? A professional career coach is a better fit for you than a recruiter. They can discuss your strengths and accomplishments, talk about your lifestyle needs and goals, and then help to put a career plan together that will put you on the trajectory that’s right for you.

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