Career coaches versus recruiters -- does it need to be one or the other? Both career coaches and recruiters can play an important role in a job seeker's journey.
Career coaches spend time getting to know those looking for employment -- learning what they enjoy doing, what their career choices have been, what their hobbies are, and what ideas they have about what they hope to pursue next. The job seekers share work experiences they have had and what has been positive or negative about those experiences. The career coach and the job seeker work together to develop a strategy to find better work opportunities.
Recently, I had a conversation with a recruiter I know, and the recruiter was frustrated because there is this myth among many job seekers that a recruiter works for the job seeker. In reality, the recruiter works for the employer who has the opening. When a job seeker sends the recruiter his/her resume, it is expected that the recruiter will find the job seeker employment. But that is not always the case. Recruiters recommend to employers the best candidates they have for the position. They are looking at many different specs when they are filling the position. The employer pays the recruiter when the position is filled.
The job seeker does not pay the recruiter for finding him or her a job.
The bottom line is, the successful job seeker uses both a career coach and recruiter to help find work. And the more the job seeker widens his or her networking circle, the greater chance there is in finding the best opportunities.
Career coaches can dedicate more personal time with each job seeker to work one-on-one, updating resumes, preparing for interviews, giving encouragement, assisting in networking, and preparing the job seeker’s online presence through personal branding. Career coaches also can offer a tremendous amount of support and career guidance. Job seekers often feel dejected in dealing with the changing world of the job search. They need someone to talk to and someone who shows empathy while keeping them on course to achieve their goals of finding new opportunities.
While the recruiter spends time getting to know job seekers and their work experience, the recruiter's main relationship is with the employer and filling the position. A good recruiter has his/her finger on the pulse of local industries and specific companies. Good recruiters build relationships with hiring managers and may hear about openings before they hit social media. Therefore, it would be beneficial for job seekers to keep a working relationship with recruiters, as well.
Ultimately, the responsibility falls on the job seeker to network and make connections with people and companies that he or she is interested in working for some day.
Sharp Human Resources works with recruiters in the WNY area. We feel very fortunate to have created these relationships with recruiters. Click here to see what opportunities some of the local WNY recruiters have available. If you know someone who is looking for assistance with a job search and could use some career coaching, we provide services that include; resume development, social media personal branding, LinkedIn profile review, networking techniques, and interview coaching. In the end, keep a positive attitude. Realize that there are a variety of things you can do to find the best career path for you. Make sure you have taken the necessary steps; prepare your resume, prep for interviewing, and create a personal brand. Then network, network, network.