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Job Search Myth #4 . . . My Agency And Recruiter Buddies Will Take Care Of Me!

Aug 17, 2007
Serious about finding the right job? Beware of job search myth #4.

It's comforting to think I'm being handled professionally by an agency or recruiter. After all, they've worked for me in the past. They're professionals in the field. They know where all the good jobs are. And they can quickly match me up with something that's just right for me!

But, it's what we call job search myth #4. Like all the other job search myths, this one is based on faulty understanding of how the real job marketplace works. And, as a result, you can severely limit yourself in your job campaign.

For example, we've been taught that there are lots of job openings out there. Our job search role is to find the one that best matches our interests -- and then go for it. And who better to help us on that track than an agency and recruiter who has access to all the good jobs? Someone who knows all about our capabilities and assets and who can represent us to an employer.

Here's the problem. And this is where job search myth 4 comes in. Agents and recruiters do NOT work for YOU!

You see, they're hired and paid for by employers. So whose interest do you think is uppermost in their mind? It's hard to believe that finding you the best job is their main concern -- not when they've been commissioned by employers to find the person who's best for them.

Does this mean that agency and recruiters are dishonest? Or that they should be avoided? Absolutely not.

However, if you make the mistake of depending on these professionals because they treat you nice -- or because they have access to people you'd like to go to work for -- well, you're putting severe limitations on your candidacy.

So, what's the alternative?

Well, agencies and recruiters should be part of a comprehensive job search. The starting point is to be absolutely clear on the skills, assets and capabilities you bring to the job marketplace. This rediscovery of your talents and strong points should dictate which employers might be good for you.

Then you do your homework. Before you write or rewrite a resume, target specific companies that are interesting to you. Even more importantly, target the decision-makers whom you would be reporting to. After all, they're the ones who will be making the hiring decision about you.

Once you've drawn up a satisfying list, then it's time to do your research. Part of the research should include contacting agencies and recruiters in an effort to see if your list matches with their interests. If it does, they can be very helpful in getting you in front of the right people.

Now, you can avoid job search myth #4 by situating this approach as one of several alternatives. It's a guarantee that you'll position yourself to select your next job rather than settle for it!
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Paul Bowley manages EEI, the world-class pioneer in alternative job search techniques and innovative e-business strategies . . . since 1985. Check out THE WORLD'S FASTEST JOB SEARCH PLAN! And grab our stunning FREE REPORT! http://www.fastest-job-search.com
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