Ask Esther // 17

Hey Esther,

I’ve recently started looking for a new job as a Copywriter. I’ve got an Advertising degree and a year’s experience under my belt. My previous job was a great entry into the field, but it wasn’t overly creative. What I’m really looking for is a more creative job with great people to learn from.

I contacted a recruiter to help. I explained my situation and eventually had some job interviews. At the same time I went to a couple of interviews I’d set up through my own contacts.

Now I’ve been offered two jobs, one from the recruiter and one on my own. I’ve explained the situation to the recruiter and they’re pushing me quite hard to take the job through them.

Obviously they’ve got a bias, and at the same time it is a great agency. I don’t know if they just want to earn money or if they’re offering genuine advice.

How can I tell if the recruiter is helping me or just trying to make money?

Dear Name Withheld,

You can tell if a recruiter is trying to earn money if their lips are moving.

Seriously, of course the recruiter wants you to take the job offer that came through them! If they are both good jobs, it would only be human for the recruiter to want you to take the one that earns them a fee ;)

It’s not always about the money (at least I hope not). Your recruiter was engaged by their agency and I am certain really believes that you’re the right candidate for the role. It’s hard enough to find the right person and get an offer on the table, and harder still to lose them to another job and have to start over.

As I have said here before, always trust your gut. If the recruiter makes some valid points to help make the decision that is one thing. Especially if they are both equally good opportunities from your point of view. If they resort to putting the other agency down or any sort of bullying behaviour, then they risk losing your business in future.

The recruiter should respect your decision either way. You shouldn’t make this decision based on salary. Which agency is healthier? Have they been winning or losing business lately? Who are the senior creatives you would be learning from? Are they doing the sort of work you want to do? Will you actually get to make stuff? Weigh it all up and make your decision as quickly as you can.

I hope it works out well for you and am crossing fingers that I am not the recruiter in the middle here.

Good luck,

You can ask Esther Clerehan anything about putting your book together, getting a job, what salary to ask for or what to do when someone steals your ideas. Go on, Ask Esther. There is no other creative recruiter with more experience to educate us on the art of the job hunt. You can email her here at junior at (wtf null@null lifeatthebottom

Written by Junior
Originally posted on: 09/08/2012
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