Employment Recruiter

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Working through an employment recruiter is one of the most common ways job applicants find part- and full-time work. An employment recruiter has access to resources the average job-seeker does not--namely, a mainline into the corporation that's doing the hiring. While this is certainly one viable way to go, there are a few things any job candidate must realize about recruiters in general.

The most important thing to remember is that recruiters are hired by the companies with positions to fill. As such, they are in service first to their employers, then you. Some people would argue that employment recruiters seldom act in your best interests at all. Remember, they're not out there to get you a job; they're out there to satisfy their bosses' demands.

How an Employment Recruiter Works

There are several different methods employment recruiters use when dealing with the job-hungry. Ordinarily, they take the lead in contacting qualified applicants first, though in some industries this works in reverse. If you currently work in a highly specialized field, you have a better chance of getting through to a recruiter and having your call returned. There are simply too many waiters and sales clerks in the work force to warrant a recruiter's attention.

Once you've been contacted by a recruiter, chances are that he or she will request a phone interview with you. Note that this will not be during the initial contact phase, as recruiters can't expect you to be prepared for a formal interview. After that first phone meeting, it typically falls to the recruiter to follow up with you. Should you take the initiative yourself, some recruiters will appreciate the effort while others will view it as a nuisance.

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