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I have had this conversation with at least three people just in the last week. Why work with a recruiter? I am not a recruiter, but here is why I believe recruiters are critical to your job search.

1. Some companies only use recruiters. Jobs sometimes don’t even get posted by hiring companies. You would never even know of an open opportunity to work for some specific companies unless you were apart of a specific recruiter’s network.

2. Some companies skip steps when they work with recruiters. This is good for you! We have all submitted hundreds of resumes and wondered about the black hole where they end up... when you work with a recruiter, you have a voice speaking up for you... pushing your resume to the top of the pile (or at least the top five.)

3. A good recruiter builds solid relationships with the companies they work with... this means that their word means something to the hiring manager. When they vouch for you, it means something.

4. Instead of being one of one-thousand - you may be one of five. Recruiters narrow down the search for the businesses that they represent. This means that if you are reached out to by a recruiter, your odds of getting the job go up significantly compared to you simply submitting your resume to the generic job post. 

5. Most Importantly: Recruiters have knowledge and experience to help you improve your job seeking abilities. Recruiters know what companies need, want, and look for in the roles that you want. Every conversation you have with a recruiter about a role is information sourcing to be used going forward in your future job hunt for future similar positions. This is massively valuable toward your professional development. It is the most important reason to work with a recruiter.

 

If you are reached out to by a recruiter about a role, talk to them! While they do represent the company, they also need qualified candidates to present. You are important to them, and they can be critical to you in your career search.

 

This article was written by Laura Sayers

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Picture this: Richard Branson flies a group of job candidates to his house for an interview. He has an 85-year old taxi driver pick them up at the airport.

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Job Hoppers

Posted by chris on March 25, 2016

I’m quite disturbed by the new trend that seems to encourage Gen Y’s (The Millenials) that job hopping is okay.

I’ve seen articles about how it’s the norm these days for someone at the age of 30 to have had a dozen jobs ore more.  I’ve read that recruiters that ignore these candidates must get ready to lose out on their fees, because this is the new norm, and there’s nothing wrong with it and nothing we can do about it.

 

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Ten things that good recruiters hate about your CV.

Posted by annie on February 17, 2016

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The Job Description That Went Viral

Posted by annie on March 3, 2015

Lulumon Culture - yay or nay, and the importance of interesting job descriptions.

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Taking your Employer to the CCMA - is it worth it?

Posted by chris on January 15, 2015

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Resignation Letter Template

Posted by annie on November 3, 2014

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How to Resign From a Job Gracefully

Posted by chris on November 3, 2014

You don't have to burn bridges when resigning from a job. No matter what the circumstances surrounding your resignation, you can exit gracefully, leaving a good impression and maintaining a network that may help you find future employment. Unless you know you won't ever run into your former employers and coworkers don't try to use your resignation as a grand statement.

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Top 10 Interview Blunders

Posted by chris on November 3, 2014


There are certain common job interview mistakes that you want to do your best to avoid. Making any one of these can hurt your chances of getting the job or have the employer hire another candidate who didn’t make these common job interview mistakes.

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10 Tips for Aspiring Digital Marketers

Posted by annie on July 15, 2014

Digital marketing budgets are expected to increase steadily during the next few years, according to Datran Media's Annual Marketing & Media Survey, which reaches out to more than 5,000 marketing executives from Fortune 500 brands, top publishers, and leading advertising and media agencies.

This is good news for those of you hoping to break into the digital marketing industry. Whether you're passionate about search, affiliate, social media, or another area of marketing, there are a few things you can do to prove your worthiness to prospective employers.

We asked five industry insiders about their top tips for aspiring digital marketers. Find their suggestions below and add your own in the comments.

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