A. Why Work With A Recruiter?
If you're like most of us, when you're looking for a new job or career opportunity, one of the first things you immediately think about is contacting a recruiter, executive search consultant or headhunter.
Perhaps you're even working with one now.
And why not? It seems like the most logical, efficient and effective way to go, doesn't it? After all, a recruiter has "all the answers", "tons of experience" and knows the industry like nobody's business: The client, the hiring manager and they do this for a living -- best of all, it won't cost you a thing. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
Or will it?
B. What Are The Dangers Of Working With A Recruiter?
What possibly could go wrong by choosing to work with a recruiter or executive search consultant?
Well, a lot actually.
The recruiting and job search industry is notoriously opaque and riddled with informational asymmetries.
It's also full of traps and pitfalls that can cost you dearly.
Dearly in terms of job opportunities, job offers, lower starting salaries and worst of all, even your reputation.
But how do you find the right recruiter?
Well, the perfect starting point is to look for a recruiter or executive search consultant who is certified by the Ethical Recruiting Alliance (ERA).
ERA-certified recruiters and executive search consultants are carefully vetted and most importantly ethically-grounded.
ERA-certified recruiters and executive search consultants have agreed to and are bound by our Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct and Membership Rules,
C. Candidates: Your "Bill of Rights" & Our "Guiding Philosophy"
But this only works if you look for and work with an ERA-Certified recruiter or executive search consultant.