Just as the market for some jobs have shrunk with outsourcing, cost-cutting and now the R word, so some recruiters are finding themselves squeezed. Internal recruiters may have to find applicants for 40-50 jobs and although external recruiters will be looking for less openings they could be competing with other recruiters for the commission.

So even thought my unscientific survey with recruiters got the results that the job market was doing fine and so were they, I don't think that is true for everyone.

As a job hunter you have to remember that the recruiter works for the employer not for you. If you don't match the opening then that's the end of the road until they get the next job to fill.

Although I have worked with some great people - professional, considerate and supportive there are rogues out there.

Recruiters can be great but beware of those people who are not acting ethically!

Author's Bio: 

David Couper is a career coach and writer who for the last twenty years has worked in Europe, Asia, and in the USA with major organizations including the BBC, Fuji Television, Mattel, Sony, and Warner Bros.

He has successfully coached individuals at all levels including CEOs of major companies wanting a new challenge, frustrated souls wanting to make their dream come true, and front-line employees laid off and desperate to get a job.

David has published seven books. His works on interpersonal skills, counseling in the workplace, and management issues (published by Connaught, Gower, HRD Press, Longman, Macmillan/Pearson Publishing, Oxford University Press) have been translated into Swedish, Polish, and Danish, and published in the UK and the USA.

David has a degree in Communication, a postgraduate qualification in education, is certified in a number of training technologies, and has a Masters in Psychology. He is a member of the American Society of Training and Development, Society of Human Resources Professional, Writers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television.

He has dual US/UK citizenship and speaks French and Japanese.

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