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Let I-CareerSearch help you in your job search!I’ve heard it said hundreds of times since 2008….the economy is just bad, and there are no jobs. The truth is this statement is not 100% accurate. Depending on your geographical location and current profession, you may find it’s tougher than it used to be. There are still jobs out there, and it truly comes down to how far you’re willing to go to get your foot in the door. Will have to take a more junior role than you’re used to? Is it possible that you may take a slight pay-cut? If you haven’t been in touch with a recruiter who specializes in your niche, you’ll never know.

Why work with a professional recruiter?

They know the market. It’s their job to know trends in your field and industry. They know all the decision-makers in your industry, and know exactly who’s hiring and who’s not. A recruiter is your best untapped resource, if you treat them with the respect and honesty they need in order to assist you in your job search. There’s no risk for you as a candidate; most recruiters do not charge you anything for their services. They are paid ONLY when they successfully place you in a new opportunity.

Should I post my resume on job boards, and let recruiters contact me?
Are you concerned about your privacy? If so, keep this little tid-bit in mind….spammers have memberships to the major job boards, and your information feeds them contact information to reach out to you with a constant flow of spam. They have your home address; not a super-smart idea. If you don’t believe me, post your resume and see who calls you. Job boards can be useful to you as a candidate, if you know how to gain the most knowledge from them. I suggest visiting a job board aggregator like, and searching for jobs that match your skills, in your targeted area. Once you have your results, you can save this search, and have the results emailed to you daily or weekly. This is a great way to know EVERYTHING that’s going on in your profession, without putting your personal information out there for the whole world.

Finding a career coach, versus a recruiter.
If you’re an aggressive candidate who has a checkered employment history (you’ve made a lot of changes, or recently switched careers altogether) a recruiter may not be in a position to assist you. Remember, they only get paid when they place you with an employer; so if their ability to place you is in question, you may need to hire a career agent, or coach. The difference is you will pay a fee for the services of a career agent/coach. Expect to pay anywhere from $1000 – $5000 for their services, depending on what services are required to get you in the door of your next job. Some career agents will charge only a small up-front fee, and the balance once you’ve started your job. Others will set-up a monthly payment plan until the balance is paid in full. In either case, their service can be an invaluable asset for individuals who are unable to obtain a job on their own.

Recruiters, headhunters, staffing specialists and talent acquisition professionals assist candidates in landing their next job faster than they could expect to on their own. Before you blame an imperfect economy, get in touch with one – soon!

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

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  1. V Harbaugh on February 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Well, I’ve attempted to use 3 recruiters -one in the city I live in and 2 in the city I’m moving to. Only 1 said they wanted to meet with me in person. I went to both the offices in the ‘other’ city. Had appointments and was blown off both times. And yes, I checked them out, they came highly recommended by a few people. The only call I received from 1 of the recruiters was on a Friday late morning for a job that they wanted filled by the following Monday. I reach out to them, they just say – if something comes up, we’ll call. That’s been going on for several months. I have a very good background and very good recomendations. I’m starting to think recruiters are just a joke. Any guidance???

  2. Dorothy O'Boyle on February 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Excellent article and so true… be selective about the recruiter you choose. Find one who specializes in your industry, has had success with clientele and candidates within that space and is discrete in their work, especially if you are a passive candidate. It’s a great way to explore professional opportunities confidentially while continuing with current employment.

  3. Scott on February 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    How do I find a top-notch recruiter in the area I want to work?

    I know the company names of several that seem to have access to jobs I am interested in and am qualified to do. However, it seems that most of their sites want me to fill out a profile and wait. How do I penetrate the veil?

    I have been contacted by a few recruiters and am forced to wonder if they are quality placement specialists. I know working with too many recruiters in a metropolitan area is ultimately bad for me, so I want to be sure that I am using the best people I can.


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