Recruiters. These are the people who are sending you email, leaving multiple voicemails, all without seemingly much benefit. The calls that do get your attention seem like they lead nowhere, with nary a word from your recruiter for weeks on end. So the question that begs to be asked is, why work with a recruiter?
Plenty of reasons come to mind, but I’ll limit this post to just a few. First, the recruiter is a short cut to the hiring manager, skipping past a client’s internal processes to land your resume directly into the hands of the hiring managers. The work leading up to a recruiter’s call can represent months of sales work – the ultimate goal is to getting to an arrangement where the resume can go directly to a hiring manager. So, instead of putting your resume through an online system and waiting for it to work its way through HR, a recruiter can often get your resume right in front of the eyes of a decision maker who knows their stuff.
Another reason is that you will get a lot more inside information from a recruiter in preparing for your interview. Recruiters love nothing more than repeat business with a client, so it’s in their best interests to make sure that you are fully prepared for your first interview. A recruiter can give you tips and insight when someone setting up the interview from within the organization may not take the time to do. Often times these tips that a recruiter gives are lessons learned from other candidates they have had successfully (or unsuccessfully) interview with that same client. Depending on the recruiter’s relationship with the client, you could be getting years of hard-won advice on how to nail that Healthcare IT job interview.
Finally, if you are one of the fortunate folks who have their phones ringing off the hook with calls from recruiters, you can let the market work for you a little bit. Any recruiter worth their salt should be able to give you loads of reasons why you should choose to work with them. Ask them exactly that – “Why should I work with you?” A good Healthcare IT recruiter should act more like your personal agent than anything else, with your best interests in mind!