Working with a recruiter can seem a little foreign to some professionals, especially if it’s been a while since your last job search. There are plenty of common myths and misperceptions around what it’s like to work with a recruiter. And frankly, if you don’t know what it’s really like, that may be all you have to go on as a job seeker. But rest assured, not all the myths are true. That’s why they’re myths!
If you are looking for a fresh start in your career, here are five myths we can debunk for you about what it’s really like to work with a recruiter.
Recruiters Can Only Place You in Short Term Jobs
While it’s true that many contracts don’t last forever, the great thing about contract work is that there are always plenty of jobs available. That means plenty of opportunities to try new things, learn new skills, and build your network and your resume in a short amount of time. If you are looking for work, contracting is a great opportunity for you. If you are looking to develop your skills, contracting is an excellent opportunity for you. If you want to work for a company that needs your specific skills and expertise, contracting is where you can find amazing opportunities. But whether you are looking for full-time positions or temporary employment, be upfront with your recruiter and they will help you find what you’re looking for.
Recruiters Only Care About Employers
Recruiters are powerful allies in the job search process for both candidates and employers. They are the true matchmakers of the business world. Their industry knowledge and exceptional career development skills can be very helpful in finding and placing you in a role that is a win-win for both you and for their client. Because at the end of the day, if you are not successful or happy within your role, that looks bad on the recruiter too. So be confident that a recruiter has your back as you search for your next role. Use a recruiter to find jobs consistently and reliably, and spend your time building the skills that will make you even more valuable to employers and businesses. Their perspective and interest is in finding the best jobs for you to be successful. What more can you ask for in an ally?
Recruiters Only Share Low-Level Jobs
It’s true that some employers are looking for entry-level candidates. But the truth is that many contracts call for a very unique or specialized skill set that only comes from experience. Employers often need help filling roles for projects that require an experienced professional to accomplish their key business goals quickly and effectively. Contract workers are the solution for specialized jobs on short-term projects, and experienced contract workers can find themselves in very good positions as they build up that high level of experience and industry knowledge. Contract lengths can vary from the length of a project to specific 18-month contracts, short-term or long-term. Some are even scoped as contract-to-hire, depending on the success of a worker and the needs of the employer. The key is to find the best fit for all parties.
Job Seekers Who Use Recruiters Earn Less
This is simply incorrect. According to the American Staffing Association 2014 Staffing Employee Survey, employees placed through agencies earn more than permanent employees, and/or make more than they did in their last position because of the agency’s ability to negotiate on their behalf. On top of that, many employees receive health insurance and other benefits from the staffing agency which may not be available to them if they were only working in a direct contract position for the business.
Recruiters Place You In Jobs That You’ll Hate
A recruiter can only place you in a job that you are willing to take on, so be honest and upfront about what kind of work you love. That passion is actually a great differentiator in the job market. By working with a recruiter, you can easily choose to specialize in your areas of strength, find your passion, and even try out new skills. This will help you develop skills, build your career, and make important connections that will be valuable later in your career.
To start building a relationship with a recruiter today, connect with the team at Bergman Brothers today.