13 percent.

That’s how much U.S. staffing employment – American workers placed by staffing agencies – increased from February 2010 to February 2011. It’s a solid figure and a leading employment indicator – particularly as our country moves out of the recession.

Staffing agencies and recruiters work for our nation. And they work for you. If you’re scared off by recruiters, you’re not alone. But it’s our opinion, of course, that you should always maintain a relationship with a recruiter who specializes in the industry you’re in. Here’s why:

  • Believe it or not, there are Recruiters out there that sincerely find what they do to be gratifying. If you can identify one, a relationship with that person will prove invaluable to your career. A recruiter who takes the time to get to know you and your career goals does not see you as a dollar sign, but rather, someone they would find great pleasure in finding a dream opportunity for.
  • If you are looking for a better opportunity but don’t want the world to know, a recruiter who knows you can make sure you’re exposed to opportunities while maintaining confidentiality. With more and more companies hiring Internal Recruiters and delegating recruiting responsibilities to HR, posting your resume on job boards can be risky. Having your resume fall into the wrong hands may not be a can of worms you want to open.
  • Market rates and salaries frequently change depending on skill set and demand. A recruiter you have a relationship with, who deals with these jobs and candidates daily can help keep you stay at the forefront of the state of your particular industry. Even if you don’t want to make a career change, your recruiter can help you achieve obtaining a well deserved raise.

Bottom line: identify a trustworthy recruiter and make it a point to build a relationship. Once the relationship and trust is established, your recruiter will constantly be working behind the scenes to make sure you are exposed to opportunities that you most likely would not have found otherwise.

Wahid Osmani
Technical Account Manager, UDig