To find your next employment position, you may need to schedule an interview with a job recruiter. If the recruiter finds that your experience and qualifications meet a company’s needs, he/she will refer you to someone in that company. If the recruiter has a client in the market for someone with your credentials, and if your resume is solid, powerful, and shows value, then you might receive a call to interview with that client.
If you appear too desperate, recruiters may not recommend you to their clients. You will generate more interest if you are seen to be exploring attractive, alternative career opportunities than if you appear to be unhappy with your present employment. If you are deemed highly marketable, recruiters may want to send your credentials to a number of employers under their letterhead. This may or may not be in your best interest, because you may want to contact the employers directly.
In most cases, you should initiate contact with recruiters at the start of your job search. Timing is important, and luck can play a big part. The chances of a recruiter having an assignment for your background may be slim, so don’t be surprised if you are not immediately contacted; you might receive a call several months after your initial contact with the recruiter.
The best advice is to get to know several recruiters before you need them. If you establish a positive rapport with recruiters, they can create a high profile for you in your career field.