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September 16, 2014

Five More Benefits of a Candidate-Recruiter Alliance

Candidate-Recruiter-AllianceAbacus Group previously catalogued 10 ways that professionals can benefit from collaborations with executive recruiters. Admittedly, our list was incomplete. So, recently, we amended it with five additional advantages.

Below are items 11 through 15 on our official “Benefits of Partnering with a Recruiter to Optimize Your Job Search” list. Can you think of anything that we might’ve missed here?

11. Explore the market and make progress with total privacy.
Many job searches inspire an age-old question: “How can I devote any attention to looking for work alongside my full-time employment?” Fortunately, executive recruiters recognize and respect the fact that you’re probably already working, so they’ll scour their extensive databases, make phone calls and collaborate with their colleagues so that your job applications or networking efforts won’t interfere with or compromise your current position.  When you keep all communication with your recruiter to convenient times that compliment your work schedule, you’ll be able to make progress without any unwanted suspicion and avoid the ultimate job search paradox: being found guilty of job searching by your current employer.

12. Receive much-needed assistance at no financial cost.
One of the most common misconceptions about executive search firms is that candidates incur fees for job placement services. In reality, recruiters are only paid by their clients: the employers with whom they strive to match you.  So, while your upgraded LinkedIn job seeker license or your professional association membership may provide some return on investment, the fact is that a relationship with an executive recruiter is inherently free.  Sure, the job search itself always has a price tag. Consider, for example, the transportation and preparation costs associated with interviews with prospective employers. While these types of job search costs will always be paid out of pocket, they’re substantially lessened when you’re working with a recruiter, who’ll only arrange meetings for the most relevant job opportunities.

13. Enjoy diminished competition from your peers as you’re bumped to the “top of the pile”.
Executive recruiters represent their candidates. That is, they cite their personal attributes, technical skills, professional potential and capabilities to hiring managers. That said, a recruiter is a reputable form of representation to prospective employers, as we noted in item number five. However, recruiters do more than represent you; they strive to give you preference above your competition. This is especially valid if you’ve met with your recruiter in a face-to-face meeting. By getting to know who you are as a person – not just a resume, and not just a voice on the phone – your recruiter is more willing and able to speak of you favorably to employers.

14. Rest assured that you’re working with someone who has helped dozens, hundreds or maybe even thousands of people just like you.
When you’re searching for new employment, it’s easy to feel discouraged and to fear that maybe your situation is hopeless. Whether you’re employed or not, the need to secure a new job can seem overwhelmingly powerful and worrisome, leading you to believe that no one can help you, or that your professional situation will never change.  Executive recruiters work with people like you on a daily basis, so they’re well-equipped to handle your situation, so long as your background fits the types of positions in which they specialize.  Once you are familiar with the qualities that characterize a reputable executive recruiter, and you can identify one accordingly, you’ll be much more comfortable trusting someone to guide your career.

15. Have salary and benefits negotiation handled on your behalf.
When you’re working on your own to secure new employment, it’s up to you to appropriately determine and negotiate salary and benefits without selling yourself short or destroying your prospect of hire. When you’re represented by an executive recruiter, however, you can enter the process with an expert’s assessment of exactly what you should be earning, and rely on that support to ensure that you receive a competitive and fair offer from the employer.

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