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Good Recruiters Provide Career Consultation

I’ve been on both sides of the fence as a job seeker and a hiring manager. I know how tough it is to have to look for a steady gig…it is almost as difficult to be a hiring manager looking for a new team member!

I remember I applied for a position through a recruiting agency way back in the Stone Age when you had to go in and apply in person. I was assigned to a recruiter who looked at my resume and gave me tips. During my appointment she listened to my career aspirations and my goals…she really got to know me as a person and dug in to find out what I was looking for. She also pointed me to some interview resources they had available and promised to keep me in mind for any future opportunities.

About three months went by and I forgot about the agency and my experience. I got a call one day and they had a contract they wanted me to interview for. The agency provided details on the company and position and sent me off to interview with their client.  The contract was exactly what I was looking for.

The recruiter had listened to me!

I was offered the contract and was back to work within the span of a week! I was truly impressed…and honestly appreciated that the recruiter had listened to what I was looking for.  They hadn’t spammed me with positions I wasn’t qualified for or wouldn’t be interested in, but contacted me for a position I was capable of doing and met my career goals.  I was a happy camper, and I still refer my colleagues to work with agencies who take the time to give career advice.

So what does this mean to you as a hiring manager?

I’ve worked with a variety of different recruiting agencies to fill the hiring needs of the companies I’ve worked at. I make it a habit of working with the agencies that provided career consultation to their candidates. Career consultation from recruiters gives candidates options but also ensures I only receive those candidates who are not only qualified but truly want the position.

Signing off,


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6 Responses to “Good Recruiters Provide Career Consultation”

  1. CL

    Fred, great article! I’ve worked with a number of recruiters in the past who didn’t provide career consultation services and I never really thought of how valuable it could be. Even as a seasoned CRA, it never hurts to have some guidance. I appreciate the insight!

  2. Tammy

    CL, I agree. The recruiting agency I am currently working with spent a lot of time working with me.

    I was going for a permanent position and working through my career goals with this recruiter made me know I was making the right decision. I was able to represent myself very well to the manager interviewing me – and I got the job!

    I have worked with agencies who don’t seem to care about your goals – they just care about placing you so they can earn their commissions. I appreciated the career consultation I received – it made a difference and I plan on being with this company for a long time.

  3. Tom

    Tammy, I second your opinion about agencies who don’t seem to care about your goals. Some recruiters just care about making their checks and push you to accept contracts you don’t want. It’s important to have a recruiter who listens to what you want, what you need, and what you’re qualified for.

  4. Agnes

    Fred, this is a great article. I fully agree with you. I have been also on both sides of the mirror & have always said that if only 95% of recruiters out there could learn from this kind of article, the economy would feel a lot better already… When a recruiter really understands your profile, it is a triple-win thing. Managers get to pick among great profiles, candidates are interviewing for exciting positions, & the staffing company not only gains money but also credibility (hence more contracts)!
    I would add also that good recruiters are considerate. Weirdly they manage to return calls & emails; they also give you some feedback that help you improve your interviewing skills, while the others (hence not the good ones)…. Complain they don’t have time to do so …. How odd isn’t it?
    One amazing recruiter I work with is so sharp that each time he contacts me with an opportunity, the job description is just… Me!

  5. Fred

    Agnes, thank you so much for your feedback. I also agree that the best litmus test for a great recruiter is how considerate they are. When a recruiter is trying to help you, they care enough to call you back.

    If the recruiter only cares about making the placement or earning the commissions, they won’t be as considerate.

    Agnes, I am also impressed with the recruiter you have described and would invite you to write a review on the recruiting company. If we don’t have the recruiting company listed, just let me know.

    Thanks again!


  6. Ana

    I am glad that there are others that have had good experiences and I do agree that a good recruiter will provide career consultation even when it will not benefit it them regarding the commission they would receive. I have worked with an agency that after my phone interview I leave the call feeling great about the consultation I received and a clear path on what steps I need to take to have the right career.

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