I read hundreds of blogs, LinkedIn comments, responses to our articles, tweets on Twitter, and emails from candidates every month about recruiters. Many are negative. Most complain about recruiters. Many are justified and many are not. Like everyone in a personal services business, you can please some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Regardless of what we do, we can’t help everyone.
I believe, (make that I know), that we provide more free tools and resources for people in a job search than any other recruiting firm on the Internet. If you know of any that does more, I’d like the link. However, even though many of these resources are 100% free, people still complain to us.
Recruiters are the best resource for candidates to go to for job search help. I believe that is because recruiters are the only people that have the experience to really help. It is recruiters that know what companies are looking for, what the market is like, what companies want to see and not see on a resume, if you interview well or not, how you will be viewed by a company, and so on. Recruiters live with all of this every day. Who better to have the knowledge of what makes one person very marketable and another person not as marketable.
Good recruiters look for top talent. They know it when they see it. After all, for the last 30 years, all I have done is evaluate talent. Any recruiter who has been around for some time can be a valuable resource for your job search. I encourage you to take advantage of the advice and knowledge of recruiters. Don’t be afraid to ask for constructive feedback. Most recruiters will gladly give it to you.
If you have a relationship with a recruiter, this is the person you should seek out advice from. They know you and hopefully will be honest with you. So many candidates will never use recruiters for the real value they can bring to your search. Just one suggestion can dramatically change the results in your job search. Our cover letter is one example of that. I have seen so many examples of how one small tip, suggestion, or constructive help has impacted a candidate’s job search. Most of the time the candidate doesn’t even know they are making the mistake. Only a person trained to look for, or notice, these small issues would catch them. That is what recruiters do every single day.
One of the best resources we can offer you is our sample cover letter. We get more positive feedback on how this tool has impacted a person’s job search than any other resource. I encourage you to download it and use it. We make this available for FREE because we want to help you. CLICK HERE to download.
Join our LinkedIn Job Search Networking Group. It has 5,400 members and is one of the most active job search resources on LinkedIn. CLICK HERE to join.
I welcome your thoughts and feedback.