Recruiters are JERKS! Dishonest! Lack of ethics! This is the feedback from a good friend of mine about recruiters. It shook me!
But to be fair, I can understand her point of view. There are plenty of recruiters who don’t care past their personal objective of making money. They are not into the long term! Don’t care so much about their candidates. And just push CVs around!
And whilst I do get that these individuals have created a bad reputation for the industry. That is NOT what recruitment is about.
A good recruiter is a partner to the client. An extension of the client’s HR department. Knows the industry and can make suggestions on how the company can develop. Hence becoming a strategic advisor.
A good recruiter is somebody with excellent relationship skills. Who cares about candidates and wants to share relevant advice, regardless of whether he will place them or not. Somebody who builds relationships long term.
And good recruiter has ethics and understands confidentiality is critical. And that he is impacting people’s lives, careers, and livelihoods.
And I do know there are also plenty of amazing recruiters out there who have changed people’s lives for the better.