The Benefits of Working with a Recruiter

For today’s job seeker, there are many avenues, channels, and approaches available to pursue the job market. With traditional resume submission, online job boards, social networking, referrals, and more, it can be challenging to navigate the job search waters and get yourself from hunting to employed.

The modern job search environment makes recruiters more valuable than ever. Working with the right recruiter can not only help you cut down significantly on the time you spend looking for a job, but also help to ensure that you land the best job possible — not just one that will get you a paycheck, but one that’s ideal for you and your career goals.

What is a recruiter?

A recruiter’s responsibility is to match the right job candidates with the right positions. Some recruiters are in-house, working for one company (usually large corporations) to fill employment needs, but most recruiters work with several companies, hiring managers, and human resource departments — typically in related industries.

The advantages of working with recruiters

Because of their skills, experience, and connections, recruiters can offer several practical and competitive advantages to job seekers. Some of these include:

  • Smaller selection pools: Recruiters work to build personal relationships with hiring managers, and their candidate recommendations are typically given higher consideration than cold resume submissions.
  • Exclusive opportunities: Some companies rely on recruiters alone to find candidates for their open positions, and don’t advertise their best jobs on public boards or social networks. This is especially prevalent in the tech industry.
  • Positive support: In the traditional job search, candidates are alone and representing themselves. Working with a recruiter means that you have someone in your corner who can vouch for your skills and your potential value to a company, rather than hoping the hiring manager will take your word that you’re a good fit.
  • Personal development: Recruiters offer more than job matching services. They typically help job candidates improve their resumes, sharpen their interviewing skills, and provide resources that will help you gain additional skills, training, and certifications to make you a more desirable candidate.
  • Honest feedback: If you’re interviewed for a job, but not hired, you’ll often never know why. While hiring managers don’t usually provide detailed feedback to job candidates, they do pass this information to recruiters. A recruiter can help you understand and improve on your weaknesses, giving you a better chance at hearing yes from your next interview.

Why recruiters work

One persistent myth that surrounds recruiters is because they work for employers, they aren’t acting in the best interests of job seekers. Actually, the opposite is true — recruiters only get paid when they successfully place a candidate in a position. The services of a recruiter are free for job seekers.

What’s more, companies typically pay recruiters in stages, such as when candidates are first hired, and again when they’ve stayed with the company for a certain period of time. It’s in a recruiter’s best interest to place you in a job you’ll enjoy, and ensure that you have the skills and qualities necessary to retain that job.

Recruiters can offer job candidates a competitive edge in today’s complicated job market. By working with a great recruiter, you can be placed more quickly in the right career for you. To learn more about how we can help you find your next behavioral health position, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at

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