What is the deal with recruitment offices for employment?

on places like and such, there are many job listings that are posted by recruiters instead of the employers themselves. How does this work? Yesterday I had a recruiter call me and tell me about some jobs he was looking to fill, but I'd like to know more about this path of getting a job. Who do they get money from, the employer or the person who gets the job? are there advantages/disadvantages? I've always tried to avoid them with success in the past just becuase its one less hassle to deal with.

Asked By: JJ V - 3/4/2009
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Most recruiting firms can not charge the candidates. They are hired by the companies to find the top talent they are seeking. Very often recruiters will call on people who are currently working to see if they are interested in a position at a company, which an in-house company recruiter generally would not do. That is... More
Answered By: ysja - 3/4/2009
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Usually, from my experience, the way it works is they have a contract with the company, the company hires them through the recruiter, and then the recruiter pays you. They aren't bad, especially when the economy and times are as they are...usually if the company is stable they generally phase you into the company... More
Answered By: austin.h - 3/4/2009
ysja hit most of the important points. Another reason companies hire recruiting firms is the position they are trying to fill is a niche position and candidates are hard to find. Recruiters have better resources to source the qualified candidates... More
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