Does this cost me anything?
No. GCB-Executive Search is paid by the client company when the placement is made. The company enters into an agreement with GCB for several reasons, not least of which is that it saves them time and money.
Does working with a recruiter hurt my chances for the job?
It could. Some organizations, indeed, some individuals, will go to great lengths to avoid the payment of a fee. In truth, however, it is likely that every reputable company in America has paid a fee for a talented new hire.
Does working with a recruiter enhance my opportunities?
Absolutely. The recruiter is in the marketplace every single day, and survival depends on the ability to identify opportunities for both candidates and clients.
Should I work with more than one recruiter?
You should do what is in your best interest. No recruiter can guarantee you a position. If you feel comfortable with a recruiter and the direction in which the search is going, fine. If you choose to work with more than one recruiter, just tell all parties. Sometimes recruiters will overlap in their clientele, and it offers you no benefit to have your background presented by multiple sources. It probably gives the employer the wrong impression about your motivation.
Do I run a risk by compromising my confidentiality?
Not here. GCB-Executive Search will never mention your name, your present employer, nor share your resume’ with anyone, without your prior approval.
What does a recruiter really need to know about me?
Everything that is important to you. If money is a concern, you have to guide the recruiter. How much you make is important to know if the recruiter has any sense of market. If you are under duress in your present position, then you must communicate a sense of urgency. If your plan is to make a move before “the kids start back to school, but not after,” then we need to know that. The parameters of your search involve more than money and location. We are ‘partners’ in this effort, and every partnership begins with trust.
How does a recruiter ‘market’ me?
What we do is call people with whom we have worked in the past, people with whom we are currently working, and people with whom we would like to work. We present the background of an unidentified individual who meets some criteria which, we think, will be of interest in an employer-employee relationship. The response will be one of three things:
Can we meet this week?
Very interesting, but what I’m really looking for is . . .
The recruiter is market-driven, and if no one is ‘buying’ your background, and there are several opportunities for others, then you fall in the list of viable candidates. We will let you know and keep you posted. We return every telephone call, albeit not with the responsiveness you may desire.
What do I do if a recruiter has done something unethical?
The web site of the Georgia Association of Personnel Services (GAPS) is jobconnection.com. Report the problem and talk with the appropriate officials for their guidance.