Executive recruiters have firmly established themselves as a visible and highly valued fixture in today’s employment landscape. Through their aggressive matchmaking, recruiters affect the careers of individuals, the lives of their families and friends and the profitability of entire corporations.
No one knows exactly what the business world would be like without the influence of recruiters but one thing is for sure, sometime in your career, you will either receive a call from a recruiter or initiate contact yourself. In either case, you should learn how to work with them effectively and take full advantage of the many benefits their service provides. Here is what you get from establishing a relationship with an executive recruiter:
- Greater exposure. Recruiters maintain a myriad of existing contacts within your field and they can also scout out new companies you have never heard of.
- Increased efficiency. Recruiters network obsessively. They spend their time researching and penetrating the job market. Their knowledge can save you time in identifying and pursuing prospective employers.
- Personalized public relations. Employers generally look more favorably towards a candidate who is professionally recommended. Recruiters stake their reputations on the quality of their candidates and will always present you in the best possible light.
- Confidential representation. Some job search situations require a great deal of discretion. For example, you may want to explore an opportunity with your present company’s direct competitor. In such an instance, a recruiter can present your background confidentially thereby protecting your identity and eliminating or minimizing your risk of exposure.
- Authoritative career consulting. Recruiters can help you determine the right job or career track based on current market conditions and your own values and abilities. They are also in a unique position to walk you through and monitor each step in your job changing process.
- Private training. Recruiters can give you practical, time-tested suggestions on how to strengthen your resume and improve your interviewing technique. In many ways, a recruiter acts as a personal coach.
- Third-party representation. As experienced brokers, recruiters find ways to put favorable deals together and iron out differences you and the hiring company may have regarding your salary, benefits, and relocation package.
In addition, working through a recruiter can actually improve your chances for success once you have been placed because the search fee the hiring company paid the recruiter represents a sizable financial investment in your future success — an investment worth protecting.