You may believe job recruiters are your ally, there to help you land the career of your dreams. While recruiters do come with many positives, it’s important to understand their motives — namely, how their end goal differs from yours.
The recruiter is beholden to the client; their most important task is helping clients find the best talent. (Click here to tweet this thought.) If you don’t play your cards right and tailor your relationship to this need, you may miss out on a great opportunity.
If you find yourself in the position of working with a recruiter during your job search, be aware of the gray areas, understand how they work and know what you can do to optimize the relationship. Understanding these basic elements of their job can help you to land a job of your own.