Finding a good recruiter is very much like finding a new job. You should be interviewing them just as much as they you, if not more. I say this because a good recruiter is just as rare as a good job. If you can find a recruiter that is a good fit for you then that recruiter will be able to find a job that is a good fit for you (prevailing market conditions do apply somewhat). As for the post from the MS recruiter, well I only agree with one point - do not lie <period> Everything else, all of your knowledge, your communications skills, your methods of contact and communication are all tools to be used. This includes blind emails and cold calls. How can you acquire contacts and network if you do not send blind emails and make cold calls ?
The times have changed and the times have not changed. Way back when one typed up letters and snail-mailed them. The we added the telephone. Next came specialty recruiters then the job boards. Now we have all but eliminated snail-mail, specialty recruiters have dwindled and we become scanned entities in resume tracking systems. Now all you have left is your wits to get ahead.
Your key to the city is 'The email address' <period> Using Google and the online phone books are your best resources besides personally made networking contacts. Google for phone listings of IT recruiters, then refine the search to IT recruiters with websites. The hit the website looking for profile information and 'real' names (not hr@ or resume@). Look especially for 'Contact Us' pages, which usually have an email address. If they have one of those canned form pages that creates the email, well, view the web page source to get an email address.
Using 'them' as resources you can win. As proof I sent 160 cold/blind emails to entries found - changing only the 'Dear' line of the cover email. I received 26 responses over the next 2 weeks - a 16.25% return ratio. Of the 26 responses 4 actually turned up potential clients. During week 3 had interview #1. During week #4 had second interview. Received and accepted the offer and I am where I am now. Now I did send email-ids to all 26 recruiters that responded once I accepted an offer informing them of this fact - all 26 responded back too ! Now there were 6 recruiters of the 26 that I 'washed' out - they wanted to play the game of 'come in to our office and let us use you to train a new recruiter in interviewing skills' ... yeah right ... send me to the Middle East with a duffle bag instead of that ! So 20 out of 26 recruiters I have a current dialog with. 4 of the 20 recruiters I actually have some faith in - and just one recruiter delivered in full.
Granted this seemed disjointed and rambling but it shows that you can do things your way, intelligently, and win !
RegardsRudy KomacsarSenior Database Administrator"Ave Caesar! - Morituri te salutamus."