A job seeker recently asked me for advice on choosing the right recruiter. Great question. How do you to choose the best person to represent you? How do you find the right firm to help you climb the career ladder?
The important fact is to find the recruiter that has the right jobs for you. And I mean for you. Know what you are looking for in your next job. Sounds obvious but you would be surprised how many people really don't know. It is totally acceptable for a recent college grad to be exploring lots of careers - I help out people like that all the time. It's a very different situation for someone with 10 to 20 years of experience. That person, even if she is switching careers, should have a good idea what her next career move looks like. If you can tell someone in a minute or less what you are looking for, you are off to a good start.
Recruiters fall into two general buckets: generalist firms (which tend to be bigger and work with larger corporations but may have a more national reach) and niche firms (generally focused on a particular industry or market vertical). Niche firms, often called "boutique," are best for people already within that industry. (Note: if you see the word "staffing" that generally means the company specializes in contracting or temp work, which is outside the scope of this column.)
Some do's and don'ts for selecting your recruiting partner:
Taking a new job is a big move - you will probably spend more time at the office during the week than with your family or friends. Leaving a long-term job can be like leaving a spouse. One of my colleagues likened it to a divorce - maybe a good move in the long term but the transition can be tricky. Having the right recruiter, and sharing the right information, can lead to the right role with the right company. (And the right job can be much better and cheaper than a therapist!)
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In the jungle of recruiting, Alan Cutter is the lion. Alan founded New York City's premier digital media recruiting agency, AC Lion International, over 15 years ago and continues to lead the growing company as their fearless CEO. From search, ad agencies, and publishers to DSPs and third-party data providers, Alan steers AC Lion through the intricacies of the integrated and digital media space. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Israel, AC Lion has placed thousands of people and negotiated over $75 million in compensation. AC Lion was recently named one of the Top Ten Entrepreneurial Places to Work by NY Enterprise Report.
Prior to AC Lion, Alan was senior manager at OTEC and played an integral part in the company's evolution into HotJobs.com. Much of Alan's success can be attributed to his belief in and passion for people; ask any of Alan's clients, employees and he/she will speak volumes of their boss's care, consideration, as a compliment to his innovative thinking and out of the box problem solving capabilities.
If you don't see Alan in the office, you can find him in Long Beach with his wife, Jessica, two kids Cobi and Avra, and their beloved surfboards.
March 19, 2014