Pros And Cons Of Working With A Recruiter

Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz

Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certified

Many people have had amazing experiences working with recruiters to get to that next phase in their career. Others might say things like “they never sent me on any interviews” or “I didn’t like the opportunities they sent me”.

When you decide to work with a recruiter, realize that it’s a two-way street. You aren’t the recruiter’s only client and you’re still competing with other highly qualified individuals. Consider the pros and cons before you decide if working with a recruiter will work for you.

Pros

They Know People

Recruiters often develop relationships with hiring managers at various companies. It’s possible they may have successfully placed a candidate at the company before. Or, the recruiter may be cultivating the contact for potential future business. Regardless of how their relationship came to be, it exists. A recruiter may be able to put a resume in front of a hiring manager which is given more consideration.

They’re Eager

Recruiters don’t get paid unless they place candidates. Recruiters aren’t able to grow their portfolio of business if those candidates don’t succeed within the companies they’re placed at. They will work hard to get a talented candidate in front of the right hiring managers. If you have skills in demand, you can rest assured a recruiter is doing all they can to get you hired.

You Save Time

While you might be able to apply to a dozen job postings in a few days, there’s no way (unless you’re currently unemployed) that you can probably fit in multiple phone calls, emails or in-person interviews without going crazy. Recruiters can. Since it’s their job to market candidates, recruiters are also doing some filtering beforehand. They’ll likely know what’s not worth pursuing and even have some inside information about the company, salary, or benefits structure.

Instead of going on a fact finding mission every time you go in for an interview, you can have most of the information at hand in order to determine if it’s even the right opportunity for you.

They Negotiate For You

Many people find it awkward once they get to the offer stage and feel the need to negotiate. Whether it’s because they don’t know how to start the conversation or because they feel guilty asking for more, many candidates take what they’re given.

If a recruiter has secured a job offer for you, they’ll be the ones to negotiate with the hiring manager or HR. If you make more money, they make more money! It’s in their interest to make sure you get what’s fair.

Cons

You Don’t Hear From Them

Recruiters are looking for the best candidates they can represent to hiring companies. If you don’t have a skill set they find marketable or one they don’t typically work with, you might not get much traction from a recruiter.

This will become frustrating for many as they feel they’ve taken the time to meet with the recruiter but aren’t being given any opportunities.

They Often Represent Others

Getting business from hiring organizations is a numbers game. If there’s a company willing to work with a recruiter to fill it’s opening(s), you can count on your recruiter putting multiple candidates up for the job. It’s unlikely they’ll be forthcoming about this too.

Putting multiple players in the game ups the chances the recruiter gets paid at the end. This may leave some feeling as if they’re just another number instead of the highly skilled candidate they were led to believe they were.

They Can Misrepresent

While a strong and honest recruiter will work in the best interest of the hiring company and the candidate, there are those out there who are solely focused on the bottom line (dollars). A recruiter has the ability to misrepresent a company to you or you to the company.

They have the power to put you into consideration for a job you’re really not a good fit for or with an organization you’ve clearly indicated you weren’t interested in. To prevent this from happening, make sure you ask good questions during any phone interviews or in-person interviews. Just because the recruiter says it’s a great opportunity for you, doesn’t necessarily mean it is. It’s up to you to decide if it’s a fit.


Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Consider working with multiple recruiters and agencies to cast a wider net. Not every agency is receiving the same job opportunities. Recruiters have worked to establish relationships with clients so they’ll come to them, and only them, with new opportunities. Give yourself the best chance at success by developing multiple relationships.

In the end, working with a recruiter will at least provide you the opportunity to have your skills, qualifications and resume reviewed by a professional. Even if your next job doesn’t come from your experience with a recruiter, you may have been given the chance to sharpen your interview skills or polish your resume. Developing professional relationships and networking might even provide an opportunity down the road!

About The Author

Robin Schwartz
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Robin Schwartz

Robin Schwartz is a PHR certified HR professional with a broad range of expertise including recruitment, performance management, employee relations and talent management. She leverages her years of experience in HR to bring functional change to organizational leadership and direction to management structures and employees. Robin aims to empower the employees and managers she works with by providing coaching and counseling services.

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