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RecruitersI am working at a large law firm in LA. Last week, I received a letter from a recruiter. I responded to him, asking him what sort of work he specializes in and what his track record is. He asked me to forward my resume. I don’t want to do this without knowing about the recruiter’s background. How do I know that it’s worth giving this particular recruiter a shot?

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posted 2006-12-12 01:31:36

Dear Broomiebroom,

You don’t! First of all, I hope that you did not send your resume without first conducting a little research into the recruiting company. And by the way, are you even looking for a new job? Here’s the thing; a recruiting service can be an excellent way to let someone else do all of the grunt work if you are seeking a new position. However, if you are happy where you are, there is no reason to waste your time speaking to the recruiter, or to waste the recruiter’s time. Although, many reputable recruiting services often have the 411 on jobs that you didn’t know you wanted, like the ones that pay twice as much. Firms often use recruiters to find people to fill those positions - people like you - because just like you they are too busy to sort through the myriad of employment matches.
But there are also a lot of recruiting agencies out there that simply pester you to change your position because they get a piece of the pie when you land a higher-paying job. This is why it is IMPERATIVE that you do some investigating into the agency, and the individual recruiter. The next time they contact you, why don’t you ask them how many people they place each month, and how many people the recruiter has personally placed in the last month. Ask them to tell you how many lawyers they have placed in one of the nation’s top 100 law firms in the last six months.
They are contacting you because they think that you are a worthwhile person to whom they can offer placement assistance, and from whom a cut of the salary will be worth their efforts. Therefore, they have to convince you to use their services. It’s just like buying a car. You wouldn’t buy a car without looking under the hood! You might even do some research into the performance history of the automobile maker, or investigate customer complaints. These are all things that you can do with recruiting agencies too. Once you find the right agency, then you can sit back and relax while they find you a bigger pay check. And if you like the agency, but the recruiter you are dealing with rubs you the wrong way, simply ask for somebody else! You are not at the mercy of these agencies, you are in control. TAKE IT!!!

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