There’s a saying in the employment industry: Agencies and recruiters do not find jobs for people, they find people for jobs. In other words, with very few exceptions, they don’t work for you, they work for the employer. Since people in this business are normally paid on a commission basis, it is a volume industry that usually has a rapid turnover of clients.
Since your chances of finding a job through an agency or a recruiter are remote (the best estimates are only 10%), don’t invest a disproportionate amount of your time and resources in this area. If you learn of a job that interests you though an agency, or if you hear of a recruiter who may have some good leads, by all means look into it, but keep the main focus of your job search on networking your contacts and calling / following-up with prospective employers. These techniques are far more likely to provide success in your job search.
~ Anne Follis, CPRW
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