Working with a Recruiter: What Should Job Seekers Expect?

Finding the perfect opportunity can be overwhelming. It's easy to feel lost when you are bombarded with endless job listings, constantly filling out applications, and attending one networking event after another. Or on the flip side, if your career is focused on a narrow niche, it can be difficult to find even one or two positions worth your time. The good news is a recruiter can be a great resource to help you navigate all these challenges and can even be a valuable resource throughout your career. Recruiters can connect you with suitable opportunities, guide you through the hiring process and can also offer support and advice throughout your journey.  

Are there different kinds of recruiters?

There are two general types of recruiters: in-house recruiters and agency or third-party recruiters. In-house recruiters work exclusively for one company as an employee. They are part of their human resources (HR) department and are typically found at larger companies. They have extensive knowledge about the company, its culture, and the open roles and will also have a good understanding of available promotional paths and long-term potential. An in-house recruiter is not a neutral third party. When you speak to them, you are speaking to the employer. 

An agency or third-party recruiter, like those at Palmer Group, work with several companies to find candidates for their open roles. These recruiters can offer a variety of opportunities because they work with many different kinds of companies. They maintain an extensive network of clients and a pipeline of candidates and spend their time "matchmaking" between them. Agency recruiters can also provide you with personalized job search assistance, resume evaluation, networking advice, or interview preparation when you work with them.  

How do recruiters work with job seekers? 

Recruiters work closely with their clients to find the best match for each job vacancy. They are paid by the employer, so their job search services come at no cost and their top priority is to find the best person for the open job as quickly as possible. While a recruiter’s primary responsibility is to their client, it's in the employer's and recruiter's best interests to keep you happy as well. If a recruiter misleads you about a company or puts you in a job where you're not the right fit, you will most likely leave sooner rather than later. Then, they've lost your trust and the employer's trust. 

Does working with a recruiter guarantee I'll get a job?  

Recruiters should not be your sole job search strategy, but they can be a valuable part of it. They complement and help streamline the job-searching process by providing support, advice, and resources. Remember that recruiters are not guaranteed to find you a job. In fact, they don't "find" you jobs at all; they match job seekers with available openings from the employers they work with. That's why it's essential to work with a recruiter who knows your field and has a good reputation in the community. A recruiter trusted by the business community will have connections to a variety of opportunities, and possibly to jobs not available to the general public.   

What are the benefits of working with a recruiter?

If you are in the market for a new job and struggling to find the right one on your own, recruiters can offer various free services, resources and advice that can help. The advantages of working with a recruiter include: 

  • Access to a wide range of job opportunities 
  • Personalized job search advice tailored to your goals
  • Expert assistance with refining your resume and cover letter
  • Interview advice to help you stand out from other candidates
  • Enhanced exposure to employers across various industries
  • Confidential search services to protect your privacy

What is it like to work with a recruiter?  

Recruiters will begin by discussing your skills, interests, career goals, and experiences with you. They will evaluate your resume and help you improve it. Recruiters understand that resumes are a valuable marketing tool for candidates. That's why it must be well-structured, easy to skim and written to highlight your skills, achievements, and experience. Recruiters can give you advice on creating an attention-grabbing resume. They can also tell you what to expect in the interview and help you practice answering tough questions.  

Recruiters Expose You to More Job Opportunities 
Working with a recruiter increases your chance of being noticed by potential employers. Recruiters have extensive networks and relationships with decision-makers in many companies and business sectors. They can have access to jobs that are not advertised or help you get your foot in the door of leading employers. One of the best things about working with a recruiter is your resume gets in front of the right person. It doesn't just disappear when you hit send. 

Recruiters Can Provide Actionable Feedback  
Most people have left a job interview feeling like they nailed it, only to never hear from the employer again. You're left wondering why. A recruiter can often tell you why and share valuable feedback because the employer shares their impressions with the recruiter to help improve their candidate search results. Perhaps they chose a candidate with more experience or an advanced degree. It's disappointing, but at least you know why you were not chosen and if there are areas where you can improve. Honest feedback can help you identify skills gaps, troubleshoot missteps, and improve your approach and strategy to increase your chance of landing the next job.  

Recruiters Don't Charge Job Seekers for Their Services  
Using a recruitment agency for job search assistance is typically free for job seekers. This no-cost service is a valuable advantage, considering the wide range of services offered. Unlimited access to opportunities also means that you can choose from many job options that align with your career goals. It sends a clear message that there's no limit to the opportunities you can pursue when working with a staffing firm like Palmer Group. 

Best practices when working with a recruiter  

To maximize the benefits of working with a recruiter, you should: 

  • Be open and transparent about your experience, education, career goals, strengths, and weaknesses 
  • Regularly communicate your job preferences and any changes in your search criteria 
  • Actively engage with your recruiter and provide feedback after interviews or job offers 

Partner with a Palmer Group recruiter to find your next job

As part of your job search strategy, Palmer Group’s agency recruiters offer support and guidance at no cost, to help you identify the best opportunities and set yourself apart in today’s competitive job market.  

To get started, explore our list of open jobs or submit your resume today.