MemberSince99 wrote:These people lie and play games with you, they are salesmen never believe a word they say
I have worked with recruiters on both sides of the equation and from hiring day labor to executives. I certainly would not argue with what you say about some of them. But like everything else, it depends on many factors. I have found that some of the temp firms are very good and respectable. I have worked with two that I won't name. One specializes in engineers and technicians and the other in secretarial and administrative people. I have worked with them as the employer. They do ask the candidates a lot of screening questions and will offer to do background checks. But only is the employer checks the right box. That is not something we ever asked for. Again, I always found these companies to be very respectable and I know the people we hired through them generally did not have any complaints.
I have also worked with an executive recruiter trying to find a new job while I held a very good executive position. I asked that he be extremely discreet and he was. This guy still calls me about one a year. His terms were that he gets 20% of my first year's salary for any job over a certain amount that he gets me. So he is out selling me. He found a couple of opportunities for me that I declined for various reasons. But his payday would have been pretty good. The field I work in is small so I have a pretty good idea where he circulated my resume and who he talked to. Some of them reported back to me after figuring out who I was. This guy never asked me for anything but my resume, The jobs I might take could potential require security clearances so we did discuss that kind of thing but he never needed my SSN or anything like that.
The last type I get contacted by all the time. They are the ones who fish in the Linkedin profiles looking for people then try to sell them to companies. Some are hired by companies to do this and others freelance. They tend to me a bit on the slimy side, at least some of them. I sometimes respond to their messages for jobs I might be interested in. I have been asked to provide lots of information. But I refuse mostly because, at my level, no one needs to know any of that to interview me and I don't want to work for a place that is going to put me through a bunch of HR crap first. That may not be a luxury that everyone has though.
You mentioned you are in IT, right? If you have 10 years of experience and have done anything high profile or in a leadership role, I suggest you contact a head hunter on your own that will work for you. You might just find that they can get you a much better job than you ever imagined. They would be out selling YOU. They might also tell you that you are not high-end material. If they do, ask why. You might get very good advice that you can use to improve yourself so that you are that kind of guy in a year or two. Sometimes working in a specific area for a few months is all it takes.