What can a recruiter do for you?

A lot, actually. 

Recruiters in any industry (not just in health care sales or laboratory sales) are invaluable in your job search process.  However, there are things you need to understand. 

Carl Chapman recently wrote a detailed article on Recruiting Myths that explains how, exactly, recruiters work:  Many people are under the impression that a recruiter will take their resume and then start trolling the job boards looking for the perfect fit for them.  In reality, we work with companies who hire us to fill specific jobs, and if you’re a good match for one of those, you’re in luck.  Even though you’re a “product” we provide to fill a need for the company, you are still going to benefit from this relationship (especially if you get the job).  Carl does point out that recruiters offer valuable services like resume critiques, interview prep, salary negotiation, and inside information about the company that you can use to tailor your pitch so that you can put yourself in the best light possible.  Recruiters do want one of “their” products to fill the job, after all. 

Having said that, here are some good tips from recruiters to help you get some attention: 

  • send an electronic version of your resume (it fits my system better)
  • remember that your resume is a marketing document…sell what you can do for a company, not what you need.

Finally, when should you call your recruiter to check on your job search status? Call if you have changes in your resume or contact information, or if you have some new relevant information like winning an award or a major accomplishment. If we talked in the past and you weren’t serious about a job change, and that has changed. Please let me know. I would not want to skip over you as a candidate (because I thought you weren’t up for a change).





Written by Peggy McKee - the medical sales recruiter
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One Response to “What can a recruiter do for you?”

  1. kateinpa on January 14th, 2008 8:38 am

    Hi, i am new to all of this. I am a 20 year old college student and I am currently studying the medical field, but I have no idea which direction I want to go in. My friend is a Medical Sales Rep. and he sales Pacemakers and such, he travels constantly and it is something i am very interested and would to know more about.
    If anyone could give me some advice that would be great. I need to know things like “what classes should i take in college”…etc