What You Should Know About Working with a Recruiter

What You Should Know About Working with a Recruiter


Working with a recruiter to secure your next career move is a team effort. A level of trust and open communication is necessary to achieve success.

As a prospective candidate, you need to ensure that no one is sending your resume to a prospective employer without your permission. This means your recruiter must disclose the name of the company they will be sending your resume to.

There is no rule against working with multiple recruiters. When you’re on the job market, it is always helpful to draw upon as many resources as possible while networking with multiple recruiters to increase your potential of finding that perfect job.  If you elect to utilize this shotgun approach, be sure to keep a list of all the prospective employers and positions you have applied to, and when. Be sure to note whether your resume was submitted by a recruiter, or if you applied directly to the job on your own.  By maintaining an accurate record of your prior applications, there will be less likelihood for a double-submittal to occur. If your resume makes it to the same employer via two different recruiters, then everyone looks bad. It gives the employer a concern over whether or not the recruiter obtained your permission to submit and it causes additional concern over whether or not you were completely forthright with your recruiter. The last thing a prospective employer will want to deal with is a fight over which recruiter is truly authorized to represent you.  Many employers will simply avoid this type of conflict altogether by instantly disqualifying you from the running.

Confidentiality is a must. Whether you are actively or passively looking, you must take every effort to protect your privacy and your reputation. The recruiter you are working with MUST assure you that he/she will NOT send out your resume without your permission. The recruiter MUST also give you all the details of the prospective employer (including company name as well as the names of the management team whom they are sending your resume to). You have a right to know where a recruiter is sending your resume. If a recruiter claims he/she can’t tell you the name of the client, or that the company name is confidential, you should IMMEDIATELY disengage and seek the assistance of a more reputable recruiter.

As a job seeker, you should NEVER pay a recruiter anything. If a recruiter is involved in making your introduction to a prospective employer, you can rest assured he/she has an executed contract in place with the employer.  Keep in mind, this contract will outline when a fee is due, who it is due to, and who is obligated to pay it.  The party paying the fee will NEVER be the prospective candidate and any recruiter who tells you otherwise is up to no good.

Screen, and engage with caution. As in every industry, there are pitfalls to avoid. As a job seeker, it is up to you to properly screen a potential recruiter whom you may consider to represent you.  A good recruiter will share their background experience, and will explain their process to you upfront. Honest, straightforward, ethical recruiters are rare and are worth establishing a long-term relationship with. Unethical recruiters are best ignored. If you receive a negative impression from a recruiter, end your association with him/her and seek out another while keeping in mind that a positive and meaningful two way screening process is a must have in order to achieve a successful partnership. Ask questions like, “How long have you been recruiting in Litigation Support?”, “What do you know about this industry”, “What technology tools are you familiar with”, “Tell me about your background” - The reason I’m asking you these questions is because I’ve been receiving a lot of calls from recruiters lately, and I just want to be sure you really understand my industry before I give you permission to represent me.”

Sad though it may be, the barrier of entry into recruiting is relatively low, and as the Litigation Support/E-Discovery market grows, we will see an influx of unqualified recruiters and agencies preying upon professionals within the Legal Technology community.

Whether you are actively looking or just curious to see what opportunities are available in the market, it is prudent to proceed carefully. Research the recruiting firm’s website and the recruiter’s profile. Speak with the recruiter, and ask questions. Make sure you feel comfortable and confident that he/she will protect your confidentiality and privacy before sending them your resume. Working with an experienced, professional recruiter to secure your next career move can be a successful, rewarding experience.

LTS is dedicated to recruiting exclusively within the E-Discovery, Litigation Support, Cyber and Digital Forensic community. Our relationships are built upon mutual trust, open communication, confidentiality, and integrity. Whether you have just begun your job search or you are simply interested in discussing career possibilities within the industry, we look forward to hearing from you!  Connect with us today at: 310-374-1100.

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