The advantages are many but let’s start with the first reason! It won’t cost you a dime! It does, however require an investment in your time and your commitment to be completely open and honest when you are working with a recruiter. Typically, the recruiter works for the client company or organization from whom they receive compensation. The fact of the matter is, they won’t be successful unless they can find qualified candidates for the role who actually accept the offer and become a productive member of their client’s team. This is why it is so critical that you are honest as you work through the recruitment process with a recruiter.
You may send you resume into a recruitment firm and never hear back. Although unfortunate, the fact of the matter is, you will hear if you are qualified for the particular role you applied to. Typically, recruiters are busy filling search mandates from their clients and will not reach back out to you if you do not fit the current requirement. Many, however will keep your resume in their data base until a suitable role becomes available.
You should think of a recruiter as another tool in your job search tool box. They often have the inside story about roles that are not advertised and if you work with a reputable one, they will contact you when the right “fit” for you comes along.
When you are working with that special recruiter who really understands their client’s needs and has identified you as someone who might fit, it is a distinct advantage to trust them to present you … more than just a resume, they are able to “tell your story” to their client and perhaps give you the “edge” over other candidates who might just apply on their own to a posting they see on a job site.