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The Pros and Cons of Using a Recruiter

Should you use a recruiter? Here are the real world pro's and con's.


1. They have access to some outstanding jobs.

  • Technical sales
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Project mgmt.
  • Manufacturing mgmt.

2. They will prepare you for the job hunting process.

  • Interview skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Resume

3. Streamlined hiring process.
In one hiring conference you will meet with several companies. This is not only convenient, it saves you money on travel and other interview expenses.

4. The best headhunters can help you determine which career path is best for you.
They also help increase your confidence level during what could be a very stressful time in your life.

5. Recruiters are strong advocates of the skill set Military Officers bring to Corporate America.


1. If you are looking for a "new economy job" you may have trouble finding it with the military headhunters.
Several of the headhunting agencies we spoke to mentioned that they didn't place JMOs in "start-ups" because JMOs didn't have the right experience. This was refuted by a former Army Captain, who is now an account manager at He said that former JMOs often have "more experience and energy than start-ups can actually have to tone it down out there to fit in."

2. While the saying is true that "every job is what you make it," most of the jobs offered with military recruiters were standard management positions.
If you are looking to become a creative director, these guys cannot help you.

3. Working exclusively with Junior Military Officer headhunters can lead to a distorted view on the market-place.
After a while you might actually come to believe that your only value is to large corporations. The career advice that they give you will probably be the sort of advice that benefits them more than it benefits you.

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