Choosing the best recruiter for you

November 1, 2020

Choosing the best recruiter for you will lead to a huge advantage in your job search process. Here's what you need to know about the different types of recruiters and how to choose the right one for your job search.

What is Recruiting?

The premise of recruiting is seemingly straightforward: all recruiters work to help employers find talent to fill their open positions. Some recruiters work for search firms, while others work directly for corporations, seeking to fill open roles at the company. However, as a candidate, choosing the best recruiter for you will lead to a huge advantage in your job search process. Here's what you need to know about the different types of recruiters and how to choose the right one for your job search.

General vs. Niche

Recruiters fall into two categories: generalist firms (which tend to be bigger and work with larger corporations) and niche firms (generally focused on a particular industry or market vertical). Niche firms, sometimes referred to as “boutique,” are best for people already within that industry. For example, you may have a recruiting firm that works specifically with finance professionals, or professionals in the healthcare industry. The advantages of working with a niche focused recruiter, is their knowledge of the industry. Working with a niche segment gives you the benefit of being able to collect all sorts of useful information on your industry and get a better perspective on the roles that you are a fit for. 

Choosing a Recruiter

Now, choosing a recruiter in your industry is not the only important part of the search process. Here are some do’s and don’ts for selecting your recruiting partner:

1. Look at their job postings and reach. How many openings do they have in your field? Are they in your geographic area? Do they have more than one job that looks right for you? If so, that’s a great recruiter for you!

2. Evaluate the recruiter’s website carefully. How much of their website is focused on jobseekers? Does it seem like they truly care about you and aren’t just focused on filling their next job order?

3. Check their testimonials and reviews. Are others in your field saying they had a great experience working with them? A great trick to evaluate a recruiting firm: do they want to meet you in person? That usually means they are a high-touch agency, one that values their relationship. They are taking the time to carefully vet their candidates and show that they are thorough and serious.

4. Be honest with yourself and your recruiter about your background, compensation, and career history. Those things are carefully vetted by good recruiters. You will probably be asked for verification of those things down the line and misrepresentation can cost you a good job offer.

Searching for a new job can be a daunting task, and wasted time or misdirection can lead to a more stressful search. Having the right recruiter, and sharing the right information, can lead to the right role within the right company. Make sure you follow these tips when you are searching for the recruiter that is right for you!

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