Working in the recruitment and executive search industries, we commonly find out our clients and candidates have misconceptions about how the process works, and what exactly we do. In order to provide some clarification, our blog today will address some specific and popular myths. We hope this post provides some information and clarification!

Myth #1

A recruiter works for me to find a job.

False, in our case. While some agencies work for job seekers, these type of companies have fees associated with working with them. At Walrath Recruiting, our clients come to us and give us a job to fill, and we seek out the best candidate for them. Since we want to fill these positions for our clients, we go out of our way to make working with us a good experience for any candidates free of charge.

Myth #2

Recruiters are career/resume counselors.

False. By the time you are working with a recruiter, you should have already fine-tuned your resume to be the best it can be. We not only offer advice on our blog about this, but we also offer resume writing services for a fee.

Myth #3

A recruiter’s commission comes out of my salary.

False. This is a common misconception. When a company signs a contract with a recruiter, that contract guarantees a percentage of the first year’s salary for the placement.  However, this percentage doesn’t actually come out of the salary. It is paid to the recruiter completely separate from the salary. It only uses the salary as a basis to find the figure.

Myth #4

Job boards have rendered recruiters irrelevant.

False. While job boards are a great resource and are something we utilize at our organization, they don’t function in the way a recruiter does. Working with a recruiter like us means we want to make sure you are the right fit for the job. We have inside knowledge on the position that won’t be made available on job boards, and we use this information to make sure we only reach out when we think a position is right for you. This keeps you from wasting your time with interviews and applications you may not be qualified for, or that may not meet your salary requirements.

Myth #5

Recruiters don’t care about negotiating my salary.

False. As previously mentioned, recruiters are given commission based on the first year’s salary. This means we absolutely want you to get the salary you deserve. We will negotiate with the clients to make sure you get the best salary possible, as long as it suits your skills and qualifications as a candidate.

Myth #6

Recruiting firms are only good for low level jobs.

False. This is a common misconception that has been around since early recruitment firms appeared. When the recruiting industry was new, many of the positions were only for low paying and temporary positions. However, the industry has evolved, and now companies use recruiting firms to fill jobs for low, mid, and all the way up to C-Suite positions.

Myth #7

Recruiters use the same resources as corporate recruiters/hr.

False. While corporate recruiters and hiring managers may use the same job boards as recruiters, recruiters are set apart in that they specialize in finding the best candidate. While HR may only have to find a new hire every few months, recruiters are constantly filling positions and using the best resources available to them because they are finding so many candidates.

Myth #8

You should prepare for a job offer if you get an interview with a recruiter.

False. Here at Walrath Recruiting, we require all of our candidates to be pre-screened before they are considered for a position. What this means is if you are scheduled to interview with one of our recruiters, you are simply being considered to have the client look at you for the position. It’s possible this may be followed up by an interview with the client, but only if we find your qualifications a good match for the position.

Myth #9

I won’t receive benefits using a recruitment firm.

False. You are entitled to and will receive the same benefits by being hired through a recruiter as if you were found and brought in by the clients HR Department.

Myth #10

A recruiting firm won’t find me a permanent position.

False. At Walrath Recruiting, we source for three types of jobs. The first being permanent positions. Second, we do work on positions that are temporary to permanent. This means our client will take you on as a temporary employee, and if they are satisfied with your work, you are brought onto the team permanently. The last type of positions we have are temporary or contract, meaning you work for the client for a set amount of time. On our website you can very easily search between all three types of positions, as well as filter if you’re looking for full or part time.

That’s all we have! We hope this article cleared up some of the common confusions clients and candidates have about recruitment firms. If you have a question or need further clarification please leave us a comment and we’d be happy to help.