For many jobseekers, especially those who are working with a recruiter for the first time, a common question is, “Do I have to pay a recruiter if they find me a job?”

The short answer is, “Absolutely not.” However, here’s a bit more explanation.

As recruiters, we help stellar candidates market themselves into a new company or industry. We work with high-level candidates to ensure they find the right opportunity to meet their needs and goals. Executive recruiters provide the crucial link between employers and potential employees to match top talent to top positions. Oftentimes, recruiters are able to uncover positions that candidates would not find on their own and open new doors of possibilities. Working with a recruiter can be highly beneficial for candidates in order to achieve the next level in their careers.

So, how do recruiters get paid?

Recruiters are almost always paid by the client. We help find professionals who meet organizations’ qualifications and company cultures. Some larger organizations have their own in-house talent acquisition teams, but in cases where there is not, recruiters are the connector between the talent pool and the open position. Clients realize the value in finding the right person for the job, and they trust executive recruiters to identify the talent they need to achieve their business goals and objectives.

What if I’m asked to pay someone?

If you are approached by someone or come across someone asking for money in exchange for finding you a job, I would be very hesitant to work with them. Even in my position as Senior Partner in Sales & Marketing at Lucas Group, we can’t guarantee that we can find positions for all of our candidates. We do our best to strategically match qualified individuals to our clients, but there’s never a guarantee that every individual will be placed. Because of the uncertainty of the job market, I would stay away from those recruiters asking for compensation in exchange for their services.

Lastly, recruiters are often approached by individuals who are out of work or getting back into the workforce. If you’re looking for the next step in your career, my best advice, in addition to working with a qualified, reputable recruiter, is to be proactive in networking. Make sure you’re active and visible on LinkedIn, get involved with relevant groups and organizations and/or consider doing consulting work to bridge the gap until the next fit comes along.

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