Career Survival Skills: Third Party Assistance
by Michael Mayher

As a Direct Search Recruiter or a Headhunter, the latter being the title I prefer, you might assume I would automatically promote and encourage people to utilize those in my market sector, but that is not necessarily so. My aim with most every article and blog entry I make is intended to empower the individual and, in so doing, cut out the middle-man or woman as a time and effort saver – to enable people to more adequately go directly to the source, as it were.

Sometimes a recruiter or a recruiting agency of one type or another is an option for some people, but not for everyone. However, before that, it should be understood there are many different kinds of recruiting services and many of them have nothing to do with recruiting people and professionals. Instead, most people who today call themselves recruiters are merely casting a fish net; posting a job description, then collecting, collating and filing respondents’ resumes into a database for use now or in the future. So they are more appropriately online resourcing and not actually recruiting. Rather, many should literally call themselves placement agencies, as they sometimes place those they’ve resourced. If you think about it, it would actually be a good way to market their services and not look and sound like everyone else - but I digress.

If or whenever you may choose to utilize third party help, it does not mean you can or should forego your own efforts. If you are working with a real recruiter, who is proactive on your behalf, coordinate your efforts with them. But if it is an agency that predominantly boasts a database, which is where your resume will end up, you’d better not stop your own separate efforts. Sometimes I think a recruiter can be helpful but, regardless, my blog entries and articles are meant to teach you to help yourself and not have to rely on others. After all, that is the whole point of empowering oneself, is it not, for self-sufficiency. From experience, I can tell you that anyone who seeks the help of others and then sits back and does nothing, expecting someone else to do everything for you, is either lazy or naïve.

Seeking and getting help is fine and can add a dimension to your efforts; thinking someone else will do it for you is a losing strategy.

About the Author: Michael Mayher has been an international direct search recruiter on two continents for over 22 years. A consultant, published author, lecturer and blogger, he re-introduces professionals to critical Soft Skills lost in our digital age and necessary to effectively navigate their careers. You can find more information by visiting his blog and website.)
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