A Plug for Recruiters


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!


About TTS Staffing

TTS is a boutique staffing firm that connects candidates to creative, digital, and financial technology companies in the New York City area. We help build those relationships to get you the results you’re looking for. Whether you’re a client looking to fill a position or job-seeker in search of an opportunity, we’ll find the perfect fit for you. Unlike other staffing firms, TTS is composed of a small team of NYC-based recruiters and account managers--and we’re all in-house. What does that mean for you? As a candidate, it means you’ll receive personal attention tailored to your specific background from one of our experienced recruiters. Oh, you won’t have to worry about getting lost as just another resume in a giant database. But don’t take it from us, see what our candidates have to say. And that kind of personalized attention doesn’t stop at candidates. (So all you hiring managers, we love you too!) Our sole mission is to fill your job with a candidate that makes you look good. Let’s be honest, we know you don’t have the time to sort through a billion resumes, spend hours surfing job boards, and talk through tons of phone interviews. Save that valuable time, and put us to work instead.
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3 Responses to A Plug for Recruiters

  1. jorge says:

    I think recruiters get a bad rap by those who dont take the time to connect with the candidate. I/we hate when they call and say I have this great spot for you and yet they havent taken the time to even really read our resume. Then when you start talking it becomes clear that you are no where near a match for the job. Then the clincher is when they say well do you know anyone you can refer?? Arghhh..so you just wasted 20 mins of my life and now you want me to send someone else your way??

    That’s why recruiters have a bad rap!!

  2. jorge says:

    but when you find a good one…its a thing of beauty!!

  3. TTS Staffing says:

    Hi Jorge,

    The kind of recruiter you described definitely gives recruiters a bad rap, and there are far too many of them. Some don’t pay attention to location, others only spend a few seconds looking at your resume before trying to sell you on a job that is definitely not for you. Horrible. On the other hand, when you find a great recruiter, it can make the job search so much easier. I know something that helps me discern whether a recruiter is good or not is whether they are really good at communicating with you. Do they ask you to provide resume’s (and code samples for IT spots) in a timely fashion? Are they taking note of your other interviews, pending offers, vacations, etc? A good recruiter is one that gets to know you past your resume, so they can really match you to the job that is right for you.

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