I’ve been using an executive recruiter to find a new job and it has worked well. I just
came back from an interview for a job that is perfect for me and with a company I
want to work for. I immediately called my recruiter and told him how I felt. Should I
still write a thank-you letter to the employer? I don’t want to upset my recruiter by
going around him. What do you think I should do?
The Career Doctor responds:
I’m glad you wrote me this question because I don’t get many emails about working
with recruiters (also referred to as headhunters) and they can be a valuable addition
to your job search.
Recruiters serve just about every profession/industry and location. The relationship
is often stronger when a recruiter contacts you but job-seekers — especially those with
several years of experience — should at least research potential headhunters when
undertaking a job-search.
A couple of other pieces of information. Recruiters work for the employer and they get
paid when they place someone in the position. Job-seekers never have to pay a fee to
reputable recruiters — because the employer pays the fee.
That all said yes you should always tell your recruiter exactly how you felt about a particular
prospective employer — especially when you are as sure as you seem to be. It’s then the
recruiter’s job to push your candidacy with the employer.
However working with a recruiter does not suspend basic job-search etiquette and you
most certainly should write thank-you notes to all the folks you interviewed with. Doing
so will not undermine the recruiter.
For more information and articles related to using headhunters please go to this section
of Quintessential Careers: Recruiter/Headhunter
Resources Directories & Associations
Finally check out these Sample
Job Interview and Career Thank-You Letters published on Quintessential Careers.