Working with a Recruiter: Who Should You Choose?

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

I was a recruiter for more than 40 years and, frankly, few people have more or better experience than I did.  I was not for everyone, nor was I interested in representing you. My focus was on serving my corporate clients. They paid me and you don’t

Does this mean that I ignored individuals? Of course, not. But the fact remains that my interests started with the fact that I was paid to fill jobs for a living in service to my corporate customers. I didn’t “place people”.

When you evaluate who to work with, I would see who has a job that fits what you do. Are they with a firm that seems to have positions for what you do? What is the experience level of the search professional? (I am sorry to say that many have been schooled to lie when they answer that question. So listen to what they say to figure out whether to take their advice.)

Unless you live in an area of the world where the norm is to pay the fee, do not pay for service.

A specialist or specialist firm does not guarantee success. Frankly, after I spent most of my career as a technology recruiter, several of my clients pushed me into a few other areas, making me more of a generalist with strong technology capabilities. Did that make me “less competent” than a specialist with three years or thirteen years of experience? Obviously, not.

If they ask to meet you, ask them what they will be screening for and what they hope to find out about you? Although many years ago, meeting you was designed to give you the “once over” to see how you presented yourself, most experienced recruiters are now capable of discerning what they need in a ten-minute phone call or Zoom meeting. Why be dragged in for a meeting that does little more than seeks confirmation that you know how to dress and can string three sentences together?


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JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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