How to Find a Recruiter


Once you’ve made your decision to get a new job, finding a recruiter and starting the job search process can be somewhat overwhelming. Updating your resume and your LinkedIn profile are, of course, your first tasks. Once you are ready to actually start your search, you need to have a plan. While it is possible to find a job on your own, leveraging your network and tools such as,  you need to use as many resources as possible and adding one or more recruiters to your team may help you achieve your goal more quickly.

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So why do you need a recruiter? Finding a great job is not only about who you know, but who others know as well. Most recruiters have been in the business for years. They have connections with companies where they’ve successfully placed people as well as good connections with the people they’ve placed. While recruiters don’t have all of the jobs that are available, they do have a significant chunk (and occasionally these jobs are not posted elsewhere). Your recruiter acts as your agent, they will represent you and will help get you into the right companies as well as help get you interviews for the right job.

It takes more than simply creating a LinkedIn profile to catch the attention of recruiters during online job searches.

Recruiters are really good at selling you as a candidate. Are you the only candidate they are sending to any one job? The answer is a big NO, but once your resume is submitted it is really up to your experience, background and the quality of your resume that will determine whether or not you get the interview.


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Finding a recruiter is not difficult.  Finding a recruiter that is a good match for your experience and industry may take a bit of work but is well worth the effort.

Some tips to consider:

Pick a Recruiter in your Industry

Do your research and pick a recruiter who covers your industry or job speciality.

Know the Recruiter's Terms

Generally speaking, job seekers do not pay recruiters,
the hiring firm pays the recruiter fees. Be skeptical about recruiters who want a fee from you.

More is Better

There is no reason why you should be "exclusive" with a recruiter. There is nothing wrong with leveraging two or three recruiters.

Demand the Right of Refusal

Ensure that your recruiter gets your permission prior to sending your resume to a potential employer.

Be Thoughtful in Your Search

Don't feel pressured by the recruiter to accept a role (or interview) that does not interest you.

Resources for Finding a Recruiter:

There are many resources for finding recruiters, and most are free. As mentioned above, do your homework on recruiters prior to contacting them.  Some of the best sources for finding a recruiter are:

Online Recruiters Directory – This is a very good site, offered by Online Recruiters Directory. Click “I am a Job Seeker” from the click box at the top of the page, this will take you directly to the recruiter’s search box. Three steps – select your category (industry), job type (temp, perm, etc.) and state. Click “search recruiters” and you have your list with all of the contact information you need. You can also click the links on the right-hand side of the page under “I am a Job Seeker”.

Recommended Recruiters – The main page has a search box where you can enter keywords or location. You can also click the browse or advanced search at the bottom of the page. Clicking the browse button provides a page that allows you to browse by state, discipline and industry.

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