Secrets of A Recruiter Revealed

I felt it was time for a controversial article, so here we go. What’s the deal with recruiters? When I say recruiters, I mean headhunters. There are so many questions and controversy surrounding them and I felt it was time to address this.

How Do Recruiters Get Paid? Well, the rumor around this one is that you get a lower salary offer from the company because recruiters get a chunk of money off the top. The good news is, that is very far from the truth! Let me explain… There are two ways a recruiter is paid: contingent or retained, contingent being the most popular. Here’s how it works: A recruiting firm will call company X and negotiate a “fee”. This fee is a percentage of the candidates compensation that is paid to the recruiter when a candidate is successfully hired. The average fee is usually around 15-20%, but can go as high as 30%; this all depends on the type of position being recruited for. The firm then decides on how much money the actual recruiter gets from that fee, this can range from 0-100% of the fee paid by the company. Let me explain with numbers. Recruiter places candidate John at Company X. John makes $100k. Company X pays recruiting firm a 25% fee ($25,000). Recruiters then make their percentage fee on that $25,000; let’s assume 10% or $2,500. Some recruiters can receive a salary in addition to commission, while some are simply commission based. It’s also important to note that recruiters are only paid if the candidate stays with the company for at least a previously contracted period of time (usually 90 days).

Why Don’t I Hear Back From Recruiters? This is the question I hear all the time regarding recruiters. Well, honestly, it has two answers; one – you didn’t do your research, or two – the recruiter doesn’t care about you. So first, you didn’t do your research. Just because you called a recruiter does not mean they have jobs for every industry or level in the world, therefore; they may not have jobs for you. Most recruiters specialize in specific locations and industries. Do your research and find the recruiters that are right for you. This will increase your chances that they will be able to actually help you.

Secondly, most recruiters will not care about you if they know they cannot place you. This has nothing to do with your profession, but whether or not they specialize in your area. In large recruiting firms, they hold their recruiters to quotas. These quotas cover anything from how many people they call per day, how many interviews they have in person, to how many people they hire. To these firms, you are just a statistic. A statistic because the recruiter needs to “interview” people so they can meet their quota.

The secret here again is that you have to do your research and find a great recruiter. If you go to a great recruiter, they will have connections with the companies in your industry and will be able to help you.

One challenge with recruiters is that many of them simply search the internet to find jobs to recruit for and use you (the qualified candidate) as bait to get a contract with the company. This means they will send a blind email to the company with your resume attached. You are led to believe they have active jobs that you have a chance at getting, however, they may simply be using you to get that company to become their client so they can make placements with them in the future.

Sad, but true. After reading all of this, you might think you should find and work with every recruiter possible! Why not? Let them all find jobs for you, right? It will improve your chances of getting a job, right? NO, Wrong!

You definitely do not want to do this. You do not want to saturate yourself through all social media, major job boards and recruiters. What can happen is the potential employer you really want to work for receives your resume from 10+ different sources and this just makes them mad. They simply do not want to look at your resume 10 times over and after seeing it the first two or three times they may just throw it out. Whether this is wrong is a topic for another article and debate for another time.

We’ll say it again, and again, research the recruiters and limit the number you work with to two or three. In addition to this, tell them you will not send them your resume unless they tell you exactly who they will be sending your resume too. This is a good way for you to track where your resume is going so you don’t “over apply” to the jobs as well as stay behind the driver’s wheel!

When you speak with them, do not be afraid to question their background. What do they know about your job or industry? What is their track record in your industry? How many placements have they made? What companies are they going to send your resume too? While these may seem as bold questions, it is a better precaution to take rather then ruining your chances for a job with a new employer.

At the end of the day, recruiters are not crooks, devious or self-centered people. Most of them are good people who work long hours and are paid on commission trying to make a living. As with any industry, a few bad eggs have given the industry a bad name. I can promise you there are very good recruiters out there, you just need to find them.

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6 Good Tips on How To Choose an Immigration Attorney

The immigration process is hectic especially when it comes to paperwork. With so many documents to file, it is natural for anyone to be overwhelmed with the process. You see, it is not as simple as it may seem. First, you have to clearly understand what is being asked of you. Next, you have to come up with all the required documents. Then check if any further action needs to be done on these documents, such as attestations and verifications.

This only completes one part of the documentation process, from here you go on to filling up the immigration papers (The Immigration Application or Form). Now, this is the tricky part, the information you put in here must be in accordance with your documents and verifiable.

The situation becomes direr with the involvement of legal issues and terms that may be hard for you to understand on your own. Any mistakes at this stage could have devastating effects on the progress of your immigration case.

What to do in a situation like this? The short answer to this is Seek Professional Help. Here are a few tips that will help you to hire better immigration assistance.

Exclusive Practice

Make sure the Immigration Lawyer you are looking to choose exclusively practices immigration law. Like all other professions, specialization works for law as well. There is a lot of difference between a general practitioner and a specialist when it comes to immigration law. This way you can be sure that you will get the best immigration services.

Quick Response

Time is of great essence in immigration matters, a slight delay in response to an immigration requirement can put your immigration on hold. Therefore, how quick your immigration attorney responds does matter. You can have a fair idea if this responsive behavior by the observing how quickly the attorney responds to your inquiries.

Does the Attorney List the Immigration Fees Publically?

If an immigration lawyer lists his or her immigration fees publicly, there is a good chance you may not get costly surprises halfway through your immigration process, or for that matter a fee dispute right at the end when your immigration case is about to mature. Public display of fee schedules and details makes the lawyer liable to stick with the displayed charges and gives you the ease of making fee comparisons while choosing your lawyer.

Listed With National Association of Lawyers

Check if the lawyer you are looking up to handle your immigration is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). This may not be a criterion to judge the professional capabilities of the attorney, but can serve as a basic standard for your search to continue in the right direction

Relevant Experience

Relevant experience is important. Suppose you come across a very experienced lawyer in your search, with may be 20 years of experience, but out of those 20 years he or she only has 1-year experience in immigration law, this certainly would be a wrong choice.

Asylum Immigration

For people seeking asylum immigration all of the above-mentioned tips can come in handy, just make sure that in your particular case, you look for an asylum immigration lawyer. An asylum immigration lawyer also practices immigration law but in relation to asylum.

Mark is an experienced asylum immigration lawyer helping clients in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC areas.

If you are looking for a seasoned immigration attorney in Virginia, or Arlington VA, visit to meet the best immigration lawyer in your area.

Top 5 Features To Consider While Choosing An HRMS

To boost productivity and profitability of a business organization, its human resource department needs to be upgraded technically. If it gets technical advantages, it can be able to deliver more strategic outputs than ever before, can enhance employee engagement and retain top performers of the user organization. HR department should work towards achieving them.

With achieving them, it can improve the productivity and profitability of the organization and, at the same time, it can replace the traditional paper-based, time-taking and error-prone manual HR management methods. Use of an online HRMS can overhaul the HR department considerably and help produce informed business decisions substantially.

Technically advanced human resource department of a business organization can manage its activities flawlessly. A right choice of a good HRMS solution can make this possible and accomplish day-to-day HR functions quickly and flawlessly, with much less delivering insightful business intelligence. These days, companies are seen turning to online HRMS solutions to overcome many business challenges, economic dimensions, and tactical issues. But, making a right choice is quite difficult because of the availability of their multiple types. However, while planning to buy such a solution, make sure that the solution has these below-stated features.


When it comes to managing employees’ profiles, you have to protect them by all means. Making a choice of a system that can protect employees’ profiles fully is very necessary, because such important database should not be allowed to get misused or mishandled. In fact, it is the feeling of security as one of the main reasons that you choose a solution that can secure the database fully.


A company should choose such a system that is available to use round the clock. For example, the system should have a facility to access its database from anywhere, anytime, even after the business hours. This facility can allow the employees of the user organizations to know of their pay history, time off, contact information, timing and many more. With using it, they can also forward change request to the HR department to make change of any uploaded information. For doing these, they don’t have to wait for someone from the HR department to help them with routine requests. Also, another important aspect of a reliable HRMS solution is its ability to meet your record-keeping requirements, and quickly access that database to stay in compliance with workforce regulations.

Single Employee Record:

With having more than one installations of HRM software, users find managing employee database and synchronizing activities of several departments difficult. But, it becomes easier with having a system that is able to centralize database seamlessly. Such a centralized system can offer a single source to payroll, analysis, administration, employee life-cycle management and other critical employee data. Moreover, it can result in seamless, reliable information that your entire organization relies on.


Facility of having consistent communication with employees ensures that things get done properly. Every employee of your company should be aware of the goals of your company so that they work toward them effectively. But, to ensure their accountability, a good HRM system needs to be used. With having such a system, you can notify your employees, managers, HR staffs, and payroll staffs when something needs their attention. Again, to simplify the HR functions, an ingenious system needs to be used to receive auto-generated email alerts about many things, for example impending employee certification renewal dates, etc. A system that has integrated self-service module can be helpful for the HR managers to communicate more effectively with the employees by allowing them to easily retrieve information. If a system does have these solutions, it can eliminate the problems that previously existed and resulted in noncompliance risk, missed budget numbers, or confusion over achieved benefits. A good HR system generates reports easily and seamlessly.

Return on Employee Investment (ROEI):

Secure, reliable, accurate report generation and effective communication are the bottom lines of an effective HRMS. But, what use does it have unless better productivity and full employee engagement are ensured? This aspect is important for a company, because evaluation of employee performances is done more effectively by a system that has got this feature integrated into it. After all, a business organization aims to achieve the value for the money it has spent on its employees and employee management setups. This is what ROEI has to tell all about!

In this competitive business world, achieving the business goals for a business organization is becoming quite difficult, but it is easy when it uses HRMS solutions that help them take control of HR data and automate key processes. If a business organization can ensure security, reliability, a single employee record, effective communication and a solid ROEI, it will be able to generate the best values. And, its HR department can deliver insightful business intelligence and also will be able to help the user company overcome many challenges related with human resource and economic pressures faced every day.

Paylite is a brilliant Human Resource Management System that can meet all HR needs and perform all HR functions flawlessly and quickly. For its competitive features, it has got worldwide popularity, especially among small and mid-sized business organizations.