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"How to select the best recruiter/head hunter for my job search needs"

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I am searching for the best tips on "how to select the best recruiter/head hunter for my job search needs". I am hoping to find out how to know if a recruiter and/or job search firm is really worth giving my resume to. Are there dos and don'ts, things I should ask before submitting my resume? Are there certifications a recruiter should have, and are there references I can ask for in advance? Any help you can give me will be deeply appreciated.

Thank you,

Troy Palmer

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by DC_GUY In reply to "How to select the best r ...

The recruiting industry is going through a very bad period right now -- at least in IT. Many people decided to start a "recruiting" business with absolutely no idea of how to do it right.

I think the best thing you can do is to keep talking to people until you find a few who had positive experiences with recruiters and then use theirs. You will do better this way than by just asking for references. Everybody has a few good references, no matter how bad they are.

I don't know one person with a happy recruiting story. One guy got a job through a recruiter recently, but he was very displeased with their service. It took him six months to get hired, apparently because at one point the hiring company lost his application and the recruiter didn't bother keeping in touch. He was lucky that they still had a job available when he finally reestablished contact.

If you find a good recruiter, do us a favor and let everyone know! ^_^

In the meantime, I recommend that you check all the online job boards. A lot of people will tell you that most people don't get jobs that way and they're right. However, they will also tell you that the one exception is IT. The IT industry is apparently very comfortable with online placement and they use it. Perhaps because the employers are not happy with the recruiters either.

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by ansonrah In reply to "How to select the best r ...

create a web site with your resume on it. recruiters search high and low, everywhere, for suitable candidates- that's how they get paid. if your resume is on the web, more recruiters will see it. it's quantity, not quality. none of them are working for you; you're not the one paying them. your are the product they are selling; getting your resume where they will see it puts you in their inventory.
it worked for me.

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by LiamE In reply to "How to select the best r ...

Use the shotgun approach.

Email your resume to every agency within 100 miles.

Be selective about the job, not the agency.

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