As a job seeker, are you the client? Think about who is paying for the recruiting services. I’ve seen variations of this quote but they all point to the same thing:
The recruiter works for the client and that’s NOT you. Then who is the client? Who is on your team?
The client is the company that has the job openings. The company is hiring recruiters to find qualified candidates for the jobs posted. I live in a banking town so some of the biggest clients in town are Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Ally Bank, and BB&T.
When the recruiter contacts me with a job opening, I’m not the client. The bank is. If the recruiter finds me a job, I don’t pay him/her, the bank does.
Why is this important? As a job seeker, you must understand what motivates the people around you. If you are working with a recruiter, they may act like they have your best interests in mind. At the end of the day, remember that you are not the client. You are not paying for the recruiter’s services.
Recruiter rule #1 – Know who pays the recruiters and who the client is (not you). It will help you understand the recruiter’s motivation.