Working With Recruiters Made Easy

Your average job seeker just doesn’t “get” what a recruiter does. This is apparent to anyone that’s ever heard a friend or relative complain about a recruiter “not finding them a job.” If you’re planning on working with recruiters or with a staffing firm, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Tips for Working with Recruiters

Recruiters don’t find people jobs: The average job seeker has it all mixed up – recruiters don’t go out and find jobs, recruiters find candidates. They match candidates with open positions given to them by their client companies. Recruiters are tasked with filling these job requisitions. If you’re planning on working with recruiters, understand that they are often looking for very specific types of candidates – don’t get offended if you don’t match.

Recruiters are part of the bigger picture: With this in mind, job seekers should embrace one or more recruiters as part of their overall job seeking strategy – not as an end-all solution. Professional networking, social media sites, and other job seeking channels should still be utilized to maximize individual job leads. Job seekers should recognize that recruiters can open additional doors for them and are inevitably part of the larger job market landscape.

Recruiters and job seekers need to work together: It’s all about teamwork. Job seekers should be honest about their credentials and in turn, recruiters will work hard to push their profile towards befitting opportunities. Be open and upfront about your current compensation and future expectations and recruiters will get the interviews rolling. If everything works out, the recruiter makes a placement and you get a new job – both sides win when there’s mutual respect and understanding.

All too often, job seekers throw themselves at recruiters and expect royal treatment. Candidates have a hard time accepting the fact that recruiters don’t work for them, but with them. Recruiters always have your best interests in mind (and they want you to get hired), but they can’t make individually tailored jobs appear out of thin air.

Seeing eye-to-eye with recruiters isn’t all that complicated when you use their services as one of many valuable resources in your job seeking toolbox. If you are looking for a job, make sure you pursue every avenue available to you – and that working with recruiters in the correct fashion is part of your job search strategy.

Why use a staffing agency?

Most businesses can use an extra set of hands to handle a big project or a new surge in business. But most are also reluctant to hire full-time staff. A staffing agency can provide temporary employees to help with a wide variety of business tasks. Working closely with the staffing agency, a hiring manager can ensure that temporary workers possess the needed skills, education and experience to meet the needs of the company.

Improve Productivity
Bringing in temporary workers to handle work overload can prevent employee burnout of full-time staff. When work schedules are overloaded, employees can quickly become unmotivated and overwhelmed. This can increase mistakes made as well as decrease productivity. Increased absenteeism is often a side effect when this occurs. By bringing in temporary staff to handle the extra work load, full-time employees can continue to focus on their main job tasks while maintaining their productivity.

Try Before You Buy
Temporary employees give the business a chance to try out an employee before making a permanent offer of employment. In some cases, a person may have the experience and education for a job but simply does not mesh well with the business environment. Having the opportunity to have the person work on a temporary basis first gives the business a chance to evaluate how the person will fit in with the corporate culture and other employees. It also provides time to identify any weaknesses that would not typically be evident in the interview process.

Decrease Costs
Temporary staff persons are employed by the staffing agency, not the business that is using their services. This can decrease the overall costs of the employee as the business does not have to provide benefits to a temporary staff member. In addition, bringing in temporary staff may reduce other overhead costs such as overtime for regular, full-time employees. While the per-hour cost may be more than the per-hour cost of a full-time employee, temporary staff can be used as needed without a commitment of a 40-hour workweek regardless of if the work exists to support it.

Avoid Unemployment Claims
Because the temporary staff person is an employee of the staffing agency and not the business, there is no concern about the person filing for unemployment when their services are no longer needed by the business. This can also reduce overall operating costs for the business as the unemployment claims rate of the business will not be raised due to letting go of temporary staff. Human resources costs may also decrease as managers will not be spending multiple hours dealing with unemployment claims and the Department of Labor.

Increase Flexibility
Temporary employees allow businesses to use staff as needed. Temporary employees can be brought in to cover the vacation of an employee or maternity leave. Many staffing agencies can provide employees in a wide variety of disciplines to meet all of the needs of the business. The business then has the flexibility to use the services of the temporary staff as needed, whether it is a few hours a week or on a full-time basis. Using a staffing agency can avoid the permanent commitment that a full-time employee requires, saving both time and money.

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About the Job Hiring Process

With the economy in a tough slump, it seems as if jobs are becoming scarce. Coupled with so many people out of work and others having obtained a high degree of education, finding a job can be even more difficult. To facilitate your job hunt and make it more successful, you might want to know a little more about the job hiring process.


Finding a job first begins with seeing if the business in which you are interested in working for is hiring. Sometimes businesses will post announcements advertising that they are in need of employees or you can choose to contact them to see if any positions are going to soon become available.


If a position is open and you think that you would be a good fit for the job, you will most likely need to fill out an application. Most job applications are online or available in paper form and ask for general information such as your contact information, previous work history, education and references. Some may also request that you write a short personal statement or cover letter explaining a little more about yourself.


Once the employer receives all of the applications, they will begin the review process. This involves reading through all of the applications, verifying that provided information is correct and contacting references. The employer selects their top choices, and contacts the applicants to request an interview.


If you are selected for an interview, you will meet with an overseer from the business. The interview serves the purpose of getting to know you in person and gives the supervisor a chance to ask you questions about your personality, work ethics and job experience. If the interview goes well but the interviewer feels as if they need a bit more information, they might request a second interview to ask more questions or have you meet with other people from the company.


After the interviews, the employer may consult with others in the company and compare you to the other applicants to decide who would be the best fit. A background check or drug tests may be requested at this time as well. If the company likes you and selects you, you will need to fill out final paperwork and tax forms, and agree to the job.

NCAA Office Pool Results

Congratulations to Greg for winning this years office pool. Here are the standings going into tonight’s championship and he is untouchable.

Player                           Score                         Final Pick

1 Greg Cross (3)            44                        Kentucky (126)
2 Justin Barry                42                        Kentucky (139)
2Ryan Trapp                  42                         North Carolina (156)
4 Pam Barry                   41                          Ohio St. (147)
4 Scot Feldmeyer (1)    41                           Louisville (135)
6 joshua voelkel             40                            Syracuse (149)
6 Teresa Myers             40                            Kentucky (175)
8 Chris Musick               39                            Kentucky (127)
8 Dianne Baxter (3)      39                             Kentucky (164)
8 Emily Monnin             39                            Michigan St. (137)
8 Greg Cross (1)            39                             Kentucky (139)
8 Scot Feldmeyer(2)     39                             Michigan St. (135)
13 Dianne Baxter (1)     38                             Kentucky (155)
14 Angela Burkhead      37                              Baylor (140)
14 Greg Cross (2)           37                             Duke (120)
16 Andrew barry           35                            Ohio St. (125)
16 Kerri Voelkel             35                            North Carolina (173)
16 Robert Voelkel          35                            Duke (168)
19 Megan Brinckerhoff  34                         Kentucky (64)
20 Dianne Baxter (2)     33                           Kentucky (156)
21 Marlene Feldmeyer  32                         Michigan St. (154)