This is the first article of a three-part series that appears in BCJobs.ca. I wrote this series because I think most people aren’t familiar with “the rules of engagement” when it comes to working with recruiters.
In this blog series, I discuss commonly asked questions, such as: When shall I work with a recruiter? How many recruiters should one use? How are recruiters paid?
Situations for working with a recruiter
In this first instalment, I discuss situations where you would work with a recruiter to find work. The most common situation is when you see an ad posted by a recruiter, soliciting job applications for a particular job opening with Company XYZ. Once you send in your resume and cover letter, and get contacted back, you’ll then find yourself working with a recruiter. Another common situation is when you go and visit a recruiter to have an informal interview, and then have your personal details and resume filed into a candidate database so that you be contacted for suitable job vacancies.
How recruiters operate & get paid
It’s important to know how recruiters operate and how they get paid, so that you can work with them in an effective manner. Recruiters are paid by the employer to find job applicants – usually, hard-to-find job applicants. You, the job candidate, never need to pay the recruiter. Therefore, the recruiter is at the service of the employer, not you. Despite what you might think, the primary objective of the recruiter is to fill the employer’s job vacancy, not to find you a job. Yes, the recruiter will be courteous, polite and helpful to you, but don’t be misguided in thinking that the recruiter is here to help you find work.
For further elaboration on working with a recruiter, read Part 1.
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