Let’s be honest everyone bashes on recruiters. So just once (and you guys can hold me to this) I’m dedicating the space below to letting a recruiter tell you why she matters.
A lot of people think working with recruiters is a waste of time or even a hindrance to the job-search process, viewing them as unnecessary middle men. But who hasn’t felt, when looking for a new job, that the search itself is like a full-time job? An individual can spend hours a day, reaching out to connections or applying online and still not get further than an HR phone call.
Recruiters are building relationships with companies, making the right connections and tracking the changes in the market. We have our thumbs on the pulse of the job market. We know who is hiring, what they are looking for, what the job environment is there and what an applicant needs to get the job. Individuals may have one or two great connections with companies that are hiring, but no one will have the network available to them that a recruiter has because that is the recruiter’s sole purpose. We have direct contacts/relationships with hiring managers whereas if you enter your resume into a database, it may get lost for weeks or months.
Specifically for developers, time is best spent coding and creating, not networking and searching for new opportunities. You may think you are better off trying to do things yourself, and it is always a good idea reach out to your existing network when looking for work, but why limit yourself to what you have available in your small circle? A recruiter can open you up to opportunities that you didn’t even know where there, to jobs that are not posted and under the radar, with companies that you may not have previously been aware of.
Another benefit of working with a recruiter is that you separate yourself from discussions of pay and perks, avoiding awkward conversations that allow you to get the best possible offer without appearing interested only in money. A recruiter is your representative in the job market, much like a lawyer is your representative in court. A recruiter will fight on your behalf, allowing you to remain focused on putting your best face forward and landing a great new job!