RECRUITER

Working with a recruiter can give candidates access to more detailed information about a company.

DEAR READERS: Most job-hunters I speak with -- everyone from new college grads to professionals who have been in the marketplace for quite a while -- are applying for positions via sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, etc. It seems, at least on the surface, that the role of professional recruiters is being diminished due to the increased reliance on virtual recruiting. So my question is: Are there still good reasons to consider consulting a professional recruiter?

The age of recruiting agencies and recruiters isn't dead!

So says Tonya Salerno, principal at the talent acquisition firm WinterWyman (www.winterwyman.com).

"Similar to matchmakers in the dating world, recruiters consider not only skill set, but personality and long-term goals when consulting with candidates on future prospects," Salerno explains. "Recruiters are helpful in understanding the job marketplace, providing advice about salary and fair rates based on skillset, and often times will have insight on nuanced information about a hiring manager."

A recruiter would know, for example, if a hiring manager prefers someone who doesn't need handholding -- something someone who isn't working with a recruiter likely wouldn't know. That means the candidate would be able to highlight their ability to work independently from the get-go, without prompting from a question, she notes.

Working with a recruiter also can give candidates access to more detailed information about a company. As Salerno explains, sites like Monster, ZipRecruiter and Indeed only give public information about the job and the firm. Having a relationship with a recruiter who has deeper, more inside knowledge about a company enables a job applicant to ask questions during an interview that can help them better understand the dynamics of the team or management/personality traits of the individual they would be working for, Salerno adds.

There are other benefits too. Instead of having a resume end up in a pile with hundreds of others submitted by job seekers for a particular position, candidates working with recruiters often have an "in" thanks to the recruiter's close connection to the hiring team.

"You can also ask your recruiter sample questions that you plan to ask on an interview, and they will give you an honest opinion on what's appropriate or irrelevant," Salerno says.

For a deeper look at why working with a recruiter during your job search makes sense, check out www.topresume.com/career-advice/7-reasons-to-use-a-recruiter-to-find-a-job. You'll discover what TopResume contributing writer Amanda Cameron of Patriot Software Company considers the "several perks job seekers in a recruiter's candidate pool" can enjoy.

(Kathleen Furore is a Chicago-based writer and editor who has covered personal finance and other business-related topics for a variety of trade and consumer publications. You can email her your career questions at kfurore@yahoo.com.)

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