How to Find a Recruiter

If you're looking for a recruiter, there are plenty of choices, but not all recruiters are the right ones for your needs. In many professions, trades, and particular employment situations, you'll need a specialist. Even for basic office jobs, you will find that some recruiters won't work.

Finding a recruiter can be tricky. The problem is that many recruiters are essentially service providers for their contracts. Some classes of jobs just don't fit their portfolio of contracts, and they work more for employers than for employees. Unless you're in their bandwidth for jobs, they're not for you.

The best and the least time wasting ways of finding recruiters involve researching the job market in your line of work, and often some networking. To find a recruiter you need to find:

  • Contacts for local, district and regional recruiters. The quick way to find a local recruiter is to check out the recruitment agencies directly. These agencies may not be able to help you themselves, but they often have contacts elsewhere in the industry.
  • Job sites with plenty of job ads from recruiters in your kind of work. This is a quick way to find recruiters in the right employment area. You'll find that some recruiters are advertising large numbers of jobs in your field, and these recruiters should get priority.
  • Recruiters advertising jobs in your field. The recruiters advertising jobs are operating on the behalf of employers. They may or may not be able to assist you as a private client. They do, however, have direct contacts with employers, know their industries, and may be able to help indirectly, either with advice or referring you to other options.
  • Recruiters advertising their services for your type of employment. These are comparatively rare except in professional employment. They're more common in white collar business jobs, and almost nonexistent in general blue collar jobs.

Now, you can try finding the right recruiter. This information just tells you where to look. Finding your recruiter can still be difficult, particularly if you're in a professional occupation, or in general work which is often not sufficiently profitable to get interest from recruiters.

Finding the recruiter you need

Like any service, recruiters vary in performance, rates, and acceptability. It's best to have a clear idea of the recruiter you need. You can define your recruiter by a checklist:

  • Cost of service
  • Portfolio of acceptable jobs
  • Standards of service
  • Time frames of delivery of service

Anybody can find a lousy job for you, but when you're paying for it, you're entitled to be fussy. A recruiter who can't show good performance really isn't worth it.

Networking

If you can't find a recruiter, it's quite possible someone else in your line of work can or has. A potentially good and quick solution to the recruiter issue is to ask your colleagues and others in the field. Someone will definitely know something or someone. You need a recruiter with a proven track record anyway, but it's nice to have the extra proof and references.