Tips for Working With Search Firms and Recruiters

Tips for Working With Search Firms and Recruiters
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As MOAA career transition consultants, we often get asked what we think about executive search firms and recruiters – specifically, their value in helping you expand your job search and land the position. 


We view recruiters as another valuable tool in your networking toolkit. Companies pay recruiters to help them fill vacancies with available talent. They can be effective in connecting you with a company that could be a good fit for you. 


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It is important to keep a couple of points in mind when considering and working with a recruiter or recruiting firm. First, never pay them: They are paid by the companies who hire them, not by you. While that’s good news for your bank account, it stands to reason their allegiance and interests lie with who is paying them, so you may or may not get a lot of their attention. 


When recruiters need someone with your background, education, and experience to fill a vacancy at a company they represent, they will be keenly interested in you. If they don’t have a requirement for the skills you possess, they will feel little need to devote much time with you and likely will not be overly responsive when you contact them. 


At the end of the day, you should not be overly concerned with whether you landed your position through a networking connection, a job board, a career fair, or through a recruiting firm placement. The key is to use all of the tools in your toolbox to maximum effect. 


Want to learn more and get tips directly from an executive corporate recruiter? Join MOAA and our special guest speaker, Cmdr. Lee Cohen, USNR (Ret), founder of Cohen Partners Strategic Military Placement, for a webinar event on Wednesday, April 28. He’ll share his unique insights from his over 20 years of matching members of the uniformed services community with highly desirable career opportunities at leading companies.


Can’t make the webinar? No problem. Register today and we’ll send you a link to the recording.


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About the Author

Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)
Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)

Anderson joined the staff of MOAA's Career Transition Services Department in August 2011. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in a wide range of command and staff assignments. Connect with him on LinkedIn.