What’s the Difference Between a Career Coach and Recruiter?
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This is a question that I get a lot as a career coach who is also a recruiter. Recruiters and career coaches are two very different roles, and it’s important that you understand the difference so that you can learn how to work with them. Better yet, this article will help you discover how you can leverage your time with them to accelerate your career!

First things first: a career coach works for you. You are their priority because you have hired them directly to help you achieve your career goals. In contrast, a recruiter works for an employer. Recruiters are hired by employers to help secure top talent for an open position. So, a career coach has a job seeker’s best interests in mind while a recruiter is more concerned about the employer. A coach’s job is to help you discover what you want, challenge you to achieve your goals, and encourage you to become your best self.

When you meet with a recruiter, they will interview, evaluate, and assess you. This is because they are thinking about whether or not they should present you to an employer for an interview. There are two types of recruiters:

1. Corporate Recruiters: These are recruiters who are paid a consistent salary by employers. They are members of the company and are working in the company’s best interests.

2. Agency Recruiters: These are the types of recruiters that you are more likely to seek out during your job search. Agency recruiters are paid by employers only when they successfully find the best candidate. When you’re working with an agency recruiter, remember that their time is quite literally money for them. Since they’re not getting a consistent paycheque, they’re constantly seeking only the best of the best of candidates. Employers come to agency recruiters when they’re having a tough time filling a role with the right candidate. The recruiters then go out and find top talent. Top talent doesn’t necessarily mean job seekers or the unemployed – agency recruiters are simply looking for the most exceptional people that they can put forward to employers so that they can receive their paycheques.

Common Misconceptions About Recruiters

1. Recruiters can help you find a job.

When people connect with recruiters on LinkedIn or email, generally one of the first questions asked is: “can you help me find a job?”. Recruiters can’t find you a job. What they can do is present you with an opportunity that they have in their roster. They will only do this if you fit the criteria and if you’re the quality candidate they’re looking for. What they likely won’t do is review your resume and cover letter, give you job search advice, and give you feedback on your interview style, like a career coach would.

2. One recruiter can open up the doors to any industry.

Recruiters only work in certain industries, so if you’re in tech and a recruiter is focused on healthcare, they can’t help you. Recruiters are on a time crunch and in order to deliver results for the positions they’re hiring for, they can only really justify talking to people who have the potential to be passed on to employers in the industry they’re working in. To prevent you wasting your time reaching out to the wrong recruiters, try searching LinkedIn using the keywords ‘recruiter’ and ‘technology’ or ‘sales and marketing’.

How to Impress a Recruiter

When you’re working with a recruiter, treat every conversation with them like an interview. They’re going to use the time they have with you to assess whether or not you’re qualified to be forwarded to the employer, so when you show up be professional, punctual, and polite. Always come prepared to give them your elevator pitch and top 3 selling points. Be sure to convey what you want and focus on what you have to offer.

Not sure where to go from here? Consider a Career Coach!

If you feel stuck in your career or job search, aren’t sure exactly what you want out of life, or are curious to discover how you can leverage your strengths in a fulfilling career, I whole-heartedly recommend hiring a career coach (and not just because I am one!). I have had coaches throughout my career who have helped me conquer my fears and gain clarity on my strengths, interests, and unique value, all while encouraging me develop the confidence I needed to market myself and transform my passions into a career! Take a proactive approach to your career and life today. For more information on coaching, check out MyMarketability’s training and coaching programs.

What questions do you have about meeting with a recruiter or working with a coach? Ask me in the comments section!

 

 

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Diana YK Chan

Diana YK Chan

Diana is a former Recruiter turned Career Coach, Speaker and Trainer at My Marketability. She helps ambitious professionals and executives design the next chapter of their life, navigate transformational changes, and land incredible opportunities with a higher income. She’s an expert at distinguishing people’s unique brand value, mastering their messages and networking with confidence to gain a competitive edge. She’s recognized by JobScan as one of the Top 10 Job Search Experts to follow on LinkedIn.

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