No matter the job market, management recruiters are going to help you find a job. Though they’re paid by the hiring company and essentially working for “the man,” it’s often in their best interest to get you an offer second-to-none. Recruiters are typically paid a certain percentage of the candidate’s first-year salary. But finding the right recruiter for you isn’t always as easy as you would hope.
Everyone has some sort of network, and it would be shortsighted not to put the word out of your interest to work with a management recruiter. A number of your associates likely found their current jobs with the help of a recruiting professional. Or, they’ve used a recruiter to fill an open position at their company. Regardless, you’ll not only know exactly how it was to work with the recruiter, but also have a contact to set up the initial meeting.
If your network comes up short, a quick search on the term “recruiter” can provide you a myriad of names. But to find a recruiter who will really work for you, try to be as specific as possible -- not only searching by location but also by industry. If you’re in marketing and live in Chicago, for example, search for "Chicago marketing recruiters" or "Chicago marketing recruiting firms."
Going hand-in-hand with an Internet search is the online directory. Those that charge a fee usually contain the must up-to-date information, notes “The Wall Street Journal.” However, there are plenty of free directories online that you can use to at least get the ball rolling on your job search. Many recruiting directories are also organized by industry, so you can find one familiar with your field.
While recruiters may advertise in some trade publications, the classifieds aren’t always the best place to find a recruiter. Instead, start reading the articles. Many reporters rely on recruiters for quotes in their articles. If you like what a recruiter has to say, consider searching the Web for his contact information, and then reach out to him with a friendly email introduction and inquiry.
An article in “Forbes” offers a cautionary tale for jobseekers not already using social networking sites, particularly LinkedIn, to advance their careers. If you have an active profile and continually engage on these sites, you’re much more easily found on the Internet, and a recruiter may just contact you to set up a meeting. If that doesn’t happen, you’ve got one more resource to find a recruiter that fits your needs.
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