Working with a recruiter – share your success/unsuccess story!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4757 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My husband got his job through a recruiter, and I just got one too. For my husband’s job, there were no strings once he got hired, the company just paid the recruiter $X for doing the work of finding someone. For my job, it comes with a 6-month contract that is actually through the recruiting company, not the company I will be working for. I don’t get benefits during that time, and there is no guarantee they will hire me at the end of the contract, but it sounds likely unless I screw up. Definitely do your homework and look into the recruiting company. The one I found my job with actually contacted me (I think they found my resume on LinkedIn or something), and they have a great reputation and the guy was super nice. The contract idea makes me iffy, but the company I’ll be working for has a fantastic reputation, so I also wasn’t too worried that they would be using a scammy recruiting company. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Post # 6
441 posts
Helper bee

Total success story here. I’d been looking on my own for months, but nothing had panned out. When I started working with the recruiter, I suddenly had multiple jobs to pick from, and I was able to get offers on the two jobs I liked best and consider them at the same time. I ended up with a great new job and an enormous salary increase. The recruiter was paid by the employer so it didn’t cost me anything. One of the things I loved about it was getting negotiating help from the recruiter on things like salary. I’m in the software industry so I’m not sure how much all this varies in other industries.

The only thing I’d say to keep in mind is that recruiters usually want to move fast, not let you stall and wait for something perfect. Also, some of the companies (including the one I went with) are using a recruiter because they’re on a tight hiring timeline themselves. So just be ready to pull the trigger on a new job when you start working with the recruiter. Best of luck, I hope it works out great for you!

Post # 9
10877 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am very interested in this thread, too.

In the past, in my prior city, I worked with a recruiter for a short time; however, the amazing job I ended up with did not come to me via the efforts of the recruiter.  I did not find the experience to be negative or without benefit, however.  I thought my discussions with the recruiter were helpful, and he did manage to secure at least one interview for me with a good company.

I’m currently considering trying to work with a search firm again, given that I’ve still not found a job in the rural area of another state where I had to relocate as a result of marrying my DH.  I am wondering if a recruiter may be able to help me to secure some part-time (or full time) writing/editing/social media/pr/marketing communications work that I could perform from my location and transmit electronically to the company or companies for which I performed the work.

If any of the bees has experience with this, or if anyone has a specific search firm that she (or he) can recommend, I would be happy to have the information (either in response to my comment here or via PM.)  Thanks!

@MrsNewDay:  Thanks so much for this post! I really hope you are successful in your search, and you may also help a few other bees along the way. 🙂

Post # 10
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I prefer to find jobs on my own and not rely on a 3rd party to relay information.  I had an interview in December and still haven’t heard about it.  I’ve called/emailed the recruiter several times and nothing.  At this point – I assume they went with someone else.  If I schedule my own interviews directly I can at least call the hiring manager and bug them myself, you know?

But there are good recruiters, don’t be afraid to talk to them.

Post # 11
78 posts
Worker bee

I’ve worked as a Recruiter and I am in the HR field and I am also currently looking for work. PPs mentioned that Recruiters work fast, this is exceptionally true! Don’t be afraid to touch base every week or so to keep them abreast of where you are with your search. Also, they are great coaches for interviews, prep, and give great insider scoop to the company your interviewing at. 




Jobs come and go VERY quickly on the agency side. A job that you see posted online might be gone by the time you go in for the interview, but that’s not to say that something that *Could* match your skills will come in the next day. Agencies do a lot of proactive recruiting. That being said, go into any interview or conversation with the best mentality. Treat it just like a regular interview. Recruiters make the matches for the outside clients. 




I think I saw a good list of the top 10 or 20 most reputable agencies on Crains List some while ago. Don’t always go off of the Yelp reviews–I’ve found that they are almost always by someone who didn’t get placed by every agency in town. 




You mentioned that you are an accountant. Two agencies that immediately spring to mind are Solomon Page and Robert Half because that is what they specialize in. 

Feel free to message me for any other insider scoop!

Best of luck!!


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