I’ve done it time and time again. Working with recruiting companies is one of he best ways to get a career lay of the land. This is especially true if you’re relocating to a new city. My client Marshall Thompson was one of those people. He had just moved to a city right outside of Washington D.C. and with high hopes that he could penetrate the job marketing, he ended up finding out that it was harder than he expected. Through the advice of his friends who were also in the area, Marshall started working with local recruiting companies to place him with a job. His experience was less than impressive of the “big name” staffing companies that he used. These were his initial thoughts about this experience.
You’re a Number
For recruiters, numbers equal money. Moreover experienced numbers equals money. If you as a candidate require a high dollar rate, you bring in more money to the recruiter. You don’t always believe that you’re getting the best service with your best interested in mind. MY THOUGHTS: For recruiters, you may be treating them like a number as well. The more recruiters you work with, the more chances of getting a job. That makes sense. As a candidate who is looking for a position, I would suggest that if you do act like a number, you won’t be treated like one. Follow up with your designated recruiter periodically. Make sure that they know who you are and if they’re local, make sure that you meet with them at least once. Building a relationship with your recruiter is a major benefit because even as they grow with their company, they’re likely to get better and higher paying job assigned to them specifically.
Marshall felt like he received calls from recruiters but none ever followed up with him. My suggestion remains the same, you take the initiative to follow-up periodically. Remember that you’re the one without a job, not the recruiter.
No Company Insight
Marshall finally got placed with a position within a small company. Soon the company started laying off and Marshall became worried. He reached out to his staffing company and they had no clue that lay offs were happening. Based on the company’s culture, they were not to speak with HR on the resource issues that they were having. Marshall felt stuck and scared that he may be laid off at any time. This eventually forced him to find a new position with a new staffing company who ended up working out much better for Marshall. When he put in his notice, his previous staffing company then took every moment to try to get him to stay however it did not work.
Bounce Around Between Recruiters
It can definitely be a hassle to jump from recruiter to recruiter. I mean this from two different points of view. For some staffing agencies, their retention is low. This cause the one company to change your dedicated recruiter over and over again. Sometimes you’ll receive a new one and won’t even know it. From the another stand point going from agency to agency can be a hassle as well. Marshall’s transition was a little rough but his new agency was willing to work with him which made it less difficult to make the transition. Once his contract was complete with that company, the agency didn’t have another position lined up for him which is where I came in. He was soon able to find a great position with benefits and just as satisfying as his last job.
Recruiters can be your friends or your worst nightmare. Many times it’s up to you to stand out and not be a number. Don’t let them go without following up with you. If you’re really looking for a job, it’s your duty to follow up with them. Happy hunting!