Have you ever worked with a recruiter? Been contacted by one? Been dumped by one? Wondered if you should include recruiters in your job search strategy?
Let’s begin by looking at the different types of recruiters.
Third party recruiters
The most important thing to know about recruiters is that you are not their client. They are not there to find you a job. They are there to find highly qualified candidates for openings.
This explains why a recruiter may be “in love” with you one day (We had a great conversation, and the recruiter was very interested in me…) and then silence (…but I never heard back, and she wouldn’t return my phone calls.). Most likely the recruiter found a more qualified candidate or the position was filled. Don’t take it personally.
A couple of other things to keep in mind:
If you are interested in discussing your own experience with recruiters and learning more about how to be “found” by a recruiter in your field, contact Debra Franke, Assistant Director of Alumni Career Programs at email@example.com.