The job markets are tough and the prospects are low, but one day you receive a call from a potential employer with a great opportunity and if you are new to the job hunting world this will feel like a real potential. But they follow all of their exciting news by stating that "their client is seeking?" if you don't understand the lingo its short for they posted an advertisement for a position that was fitting your skill set and desired employment, but its not with the organization you thought it was with its through a third party recruiter.
This will be followed by a meeting/interview with the agency that seems legit and that they are really out to find you employment to your liking and best match you with "their clients" but beware - as a job seeker I have been sucked into this vortex for not one, not two, but yes five different recruiters.
They do promise you unicorns and fluffy clouds of employment but rarely deliver. Many will utilize your skills for only a brief and contracted time which is very disheartening to the job seeker.
The way to gain from this is to ask for the actual hiring managers name and contact information; however, this may be something rather difficult as they are paid to find and retain you for "their clients" but if you truly want to find that job of your dreams you need to network and pound the blacktop pavement and the virtual pavement like its your job.
I once heard someone tell me that "the best employees are found, they don't find us" that is true in the referral world and in some situation where word of mouth and the advantageous employees have a friend of a friend who is interested, but we have to be our own advocates.
You are the brand, sell your brand you could offer something so unique and genuine that many individuals will not and that is the resource within that we all need to tap into to find our ultimate career success stories.
In a nutshell - skip out on the recruiting firms they will rather waste your time opposed to gaining your permanent employment, that is unless this is a headhunter who is seeking a person for permanent placement - you as your own advocate need to ask these questions during the initial phone conversation. Make it clear as to what your expectations are and why you are a cut above the rest.