Halloween is fast approaching and we wanted to take time to address some of the myths we hear from candidates regarding recruiting agencies. When it comes to working with a recruiter, there are many misconceptions. Before collaborating with a recruiter to find your next career, it is important to understand how the process works and what you can expect to gain from it.

MYTH: Recruiters are only for unemployed people or people struggling with their job search.

FACT: These days, with the majority of the hiring process completed online, it can be hard to make a personal connection with the organization you’re looking to work for. Working with a recruiter can be an asset. Why add your resume to the stack of online applications when you can have it hand delivered directly to the hiring manager? Working with a recruiter gives you a direct path to the company’s hiring team.

MYTH: You have to pay a fee

FACT: As a job seeker, you should never pay any sort of fee to work with a recruiter. Agencies are paid by the companies who hire them to find great talent. It is in the best interest of the recruiter to find you a role where you will thrive and add value to an employer.

MYTH: Recruiters don’t care about establishing a relationship with their candidates.

FACT: Recruiting agencies are built around relationships and maintaining a strong professional network. We remember talented, friendly, and professional candidates and will likely want to assist that person later on in his/her career.

MYTH: Recruiters don’t really care what role they place you in, they just want to place you.

FACT: Recruiters take into careful consideration where a job seeker is in their career and exactly what they are looking for in their next role. Placing a candidate into a role they are not a fit for or interested in is a lose/lose situation for all parties involved.

MYTH: You’ll be paid less if you go through an agency

FACT: Agencies bill their clients a fee for services, the client establishes the salary and hourly rate, not the recruiter or recruiting firm.

As a candidate looking for a new career opportunity, working with a recruiter might be scary. By sharing these facts with you, it should help you find the right recruiter for you and provide clarity to the process. The next time a recruiter reaches out to you, try and build that relationship with them because they may be able to find your next career opportunity.


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