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Should I use a recruiter when job hunting?


Should I use a recruiter when job hunting? OK, today, we have a question from one of
our readers, and she writes: I’ve been sending my resume into job postings
and talking to recruiters, but I don’t seem to see anything happening from it. I feel like I can’t wait forever for the
recruiters, but when I speak to them, they seem really committed to helping me at the
time, but nothing comes from it. What’s your experience with recruiters? –Willemina Great question, Willemina. There is a lot of controversy about recruiters,
and I have a lot to say on this topic. I actually have a good friend who is a recruiter,
and she even says she hates recruiters! So, if that doesn’t tell you something,
I don’t know what does. In this video, we’re going to talk about
three things to keep in mind if you’re working with a recruiter, whether or not you should
work with a recruiter in your job search, and what to watch out for when you are working
with them. So, stay tuned. So, the #1 thing I want to bring is the recruiter
fallacy. So, I think that the reason why people spend
so much time speaking to recruiters, instead of getting into their own job search and taking
matters into their own hands, is because recruiters make you feel really, really good. They’ll tell you everything that you want
to hear, and they’ll make you feel like they are 100% committed, and that’s all
that they’re working on. They tell you that it’s no problem and that
they help people like you every day, and they make you feel really, really good. They tell you all the things they can do for
you, and they promise you the sky. Then, after your initial conversation with
them, you might not hear anything back. Not all recruiters are alike. This is just a repeated situation that I’ve
seen happen over and over again with my friends and my clients and my family members. So, a word of caution to you: Be prepared
for that to happen. If you are working with recruiters, don’t
be surprised if nothing happens after your initial chat. You have to pretend that it’s like sending
a resume into the black hole, or you’re just sending it to another website. If you don’t hear back from them, don’t
count on anything happening. #2 If you want something done, do it yourself! Don’t confuse outsourcing with making actual
progress. When it comes down to it, you’re in charge
of your career and your life. Outsourcing your job search to a recruiter
is like outsourcing a task, but you’re really the only one who truly cares about the task,
and the person you’ve entrusted with this task really hasn’t come through for you
before, so you’re a bit wary whether or not they’re going to get it done. It’s kind of like outsourcing laundry to
a teenager. Chances are (and you all know this is true)
you are going to have to roll up your sleeves and get it done yourself. Now, there are exceptions to every rule. If the stars line up, something could work
out for the recruiter, and they could get you a great opportunity, but you can’t rely
on it. You have to take your job search into your
own hands. When it comes to your career, you’re the one
who is always going to care the most about it. So, with that, I leave you with: If you want
something done, do it yourself. You can’t go wrong. #3 What can you do instead of working with
recruiters? You’ll notice that one thing that you’ll
hear a lot that all career coaches—good career coaches—have in common (I know because
I’ve studied almost all of their work) is that contacting hiring managers and experts
directly is the most successful way to go. This puts you in full control of your direction
either via LinkedIn or via email or via personal introduction at an event. The recruiter is essentially the middle man—so,
the middle man that makes the big bucks if you end up getting hired. So, if you can make that contact directly,
you’re way better off than going through a recruiter. Another super important thing to keep in mind
is that the recruiter is working for the company—not for you—because that’s who is going to
pay them. They’re working for whomever is going to
write them that big, fat check, and since that’s not going to be you, that means that
you will never be the #1 priority. So, with that said, I say cut out the middle
man, and go straight to the source. If done right, companies and hiring managers
want to hear from you. Check out my video on what to do if you contact
the hiring manager, and they send you right back to the HR pit. I’ve got the link right below this video. So, if you’re worried about that, I’ve got
you covered there, too. And that brings us to the end of this lesson. I hope it gives you some insights into the
recruiter scene. Feel free to click the thumbs-up if you liked
this video, or click the thumbs-down if you didn’t like it. Now I’d love to hear from you. What has been your experience with recruiters? Do you agree or disagree with me on this? I’d love to hear about it in the comments
below—don’t be shy! If you have a question for me, email it on
over to [email protected], and I read all my emails. You can also visit me at my digital house
and ask a question there: NatalieFisher.ca. If you’d like to keep in touch, subscribe
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this information? If so, help someone out by sharing it with
them. And remember, the current way in which most
of us look for our ideal jobs these days is super weird, and it doesn’t really work
that well. But I know you can outsmart it. I know you have what it takes. And I’ve got you covered. I will see you next week, and I can’t wait. OK, I think I’m going to try to film that
entire video again, and then you can just take the best take. Either via LinkedIn or via email or via personal
introduction. The recruiter is always going to be the middle
man. So, the middle man can get you to the hiring
manager sometimes, but if you can get there yourself, that’s way better. My dog is having a bad dream. She won’t leave my side. All right, so, these are my new glasses. What do you think? Allison, if you’re watching [inaudible 00:07:02]… Allison is my sister. They’re dirty, actually. I’ve got to wash those. I’ve always been wondering: What should
I call this YouTube channel? NatalieTV? I was thinking NatalieTV because it kind of
rhymes… NatalieTV. CareerLifeguardTV because I’ll jump out
and save you if you’re drowning in a horrible job. Leave a comment below and let me know! Peace out!

18 Replies to “Should I use a recruiter when job hunting?”

  • Ha Ha true… That's what happened to me too. I was promised the sky then nothing. Thank you for your tip Natalie. I'm going to take matters to my hand without waiting for someone else do my job hunt for me.

  • I have seen several videos of your channel I find very useful thanks for taking the time to help those who are starting in this difficult but exciting world to get work

  • Very well said Natalie. A great help especially for the newbies like me. I appreciate if there's more videos like this.

  • Nice perspective! 😊 This should be spoken rule when one utilizes an agency for a position. Nothing is personal, it’s all about the right fit for the company which in turn will benefit the candidate.

  • Great topic Natalie.. it's in fact one of the many questions everyone might have when applying for a job and waiting for their status. The three topics that you highlighted gave a clearer idea about recruiters and what to do if you want to pursue a certain task and get something done. This topic is encouraging everyone to take the initiative and act instead of outsourcing and waiting for the recruiters to come back because we are the only ones who are in charge of our careers. Nice one here Natalie, please keep on making videos like this.. 😊

  • Exactly! It happened to me. I was given direction to submit my resume, interviewed me and then she even assist me in completing my requirements then never heard of her. What a waste of time. Better apply directly to a client and this leads to where I am now.

  • It is really a hard time spending time for interviews and waiting for recruiters to come back. Good thing you made this video so anyone would have an idea on what to expect and what to do to move forward with the application. It is also a good point that you mentioned to go directly to hiring managers when given the chance instead of hoping and waiting for a long period of time for the recruiters to get back to you. Its one way of speeding up the application. Thank you for reminding us that we are the only one who care about our application and not rely on the recruiters alone because they work for the company and not for us. Very awesome video, too much help to everybody!

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