What a Recruiter Does for Candidates

Ashton Search Group believes it is important for you to understand what a recruiter does... and doesn't do... when representing you.

An experienced technical recruiter that knows your industry can make a huge difference between finding a job or finding a great position.

The best positions are never advertised on job boards, company web sites, technical journals or newspapers. Search assignments are given to recruiters that the company trusts, and that have the depth of experience to successfully fill their position -- by recruiting candidates with the required skills and current experience, and selectively presenting their top choices.

Why? Many times a company doesn't want to announce or publish their requirement, because they know they will be inundated with unqualified resumes and phone calls. A recruiter functions as the switch that will route the right information, and filter lots of the noise.

A professional recruiter's mission is to fill their client's human capital requirements.

Recruiters are client (hiring company) driven, because the client retains them. They do not randomly market your skills to their clients, or send your resume speculatively to their company list, which is unproductive. They focus only on companies that are actively hiring, and that they are representing.

Effective, successful recruiters work within a narrow speciality, in our case it's technical search (engineering search). General employment agencies, on the other hand, represent an accountant today, a loading dock worker tommorrow. Employment agencies are generalists. If you're a technical professional or manager, it's in your best interest to use a specialist that understands your industry well - and has the right contacts nationally. You don't want to be the speciality du jour.

Because Ashton Search Group recruits and places only software, hardware, electrical, RF and mechanical engineers and engineering managers nationwide, we spend our time building our client base only in these areas. We are not distracted by searches in non-engineering related areas... our focus is strictly directed to technical placement.

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Ashton Search Group recommends that you ask any recruiter about his or her background.

You should feel confident that your recruiter really understands your skills and experience, and will represent you (market your skills) professionally and aggressively.

Find out if they work daily with companies that need your specific expertise. Ask them about their take on the market... relative to your background. Know how they will present your profile to their clients. Find out how much they know (... or, don't know). You owe it to yourself to interview your recruiter prior to moving forward. You need to be selective, it's your career — and you want optimum results.

Ashton Search Group does not charge candidates for our service.

The cost is always assumed by the company that retains us. If another recruiting firm asks you to pay a fee to them for representing you, end the conversation immediately and move on. In addition to being somewhat unethical, it's likely that all you will ever see from them is an invoice.

Professional recruiters are always compensated by the company they represent, never by the candidate.

Recruiters will not identify clients by the company they are representing until they have your resume, and have developed a relationship with you. Clients are their trade secrets. Additionally, if the recruiter is performing a retained or confidential search (which happens frequently), their client may have requested that the candidate be informed of the company name only if accepted by them for consideration.

A top recruiter needs information... provide the recruiter with as much information as you can (see resume facts). The more they know about you, your expectations and current situation (what is driving your search), the better they can represent you to their clients.

Search situations require a great deal of discretion. For example, you may want to explore an opportunity with one of your employer's direct competitors. A recruiter can present your background confidentially, eliminating your risk of exposure. They can usually generate interest with one well placed phone call to a hiring manager.

Let the recruiter know what companies you have already contacted, or interviewed with. Recruiters will avoid speaking with these firms, and concentrate on identifying and generating interest with others that don't know you yet. It is counterproductive to have them duplicate your efforts.

What a recruiter doesn't do is help you change careers.

Companies retain recruiters to identify individuals with a specific skill set they need (and you already have). They want well defined, previous and demonstrated experience. Ashton Search Group recruiters can accelerate your career, but if you want to do something completely different, don't expect attention from any recruiter. Changing careers using a recruiter is not going to happen.

The most important point is that a top recruiter can position you well ahead of your competition, and open doors that would otherwise remain closed to you.

They have developed hundreds or thousands of industry contacts, know the pulse of the market, who is hiring, who makes decisions... and why. They also know what companies to avoid, usually based on speaking with that company's employees (many that represented as active candidates). A knowledgeable recruiter can provide informed opinions... and save you inordinate amounts of wasted time and frustration.

Drop your Ashton Search Group recruiter an email if you need to update your resume. Recruiters are on the phone with their clients constantly... so trust us on this: if they have enough time for idle conversation with you, they either don't have many clients -- or they are not spending much time representing you (or anybody else).

Periodic productive telephone calls are encouraged, but use the time to transact business relative to improving your search. While most recruiters are very personable, successful recruiters are also incredibly busy - like you. Don't call for a daily update... the recruiter will contact you as soon as he or she has generated interest with a client company. You will receive that call the same day!

Ashton Search Group recruiters have established relationships with hiring managers nationwide, their opinions are respected, and get action.

If the recruiter says "of the candidates I have spoken with, 'X' is the strongest overall, and is interested in meeting with you to pursue the opportunity," chances are that X will be invited in for a site interview (and ultimately receive the offer). Employers use recruiters to tightly control their hiring process — and for presenting only candidates they have been prescreened, and are qualified.

You will go to the interview armed with all the information that you need to be successful — including an understanding of the client's need, what they are expecting, a personal interviewing prep that will position you for success, and information about the hiring manager and company's culture (unlike your competition).

Your Ashton Search Group recruiter will provide you with all the tools to make you successful.

Once an offer is extended, your Ashton Search Group recruiter can help you through the process of evaluating it, and determining its value.

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Ashton Search Group specializes exclusiverly in the recruiting and placement of experienced software engineers, hardware engineers, electrical engineers, RF engineers, mechanical engineers, aerospace engineers, biomedical engineers and manufacturing engineers and engineering technical managers throughout the United States. Because we're a search firm compensated by the hiring company, we recruit technical professionals that have graduated with a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering college or university, and have two or more years of relevant work experience after graduation. Each engineering discipline is handled by a technical recruiter with previous industry experience relevant to the client's requirement.

In addition to our recruiting efforts for non-defense companies, Ashton Search Group has recruiters dedicated to the defense sector. Current recruiting initiatives include Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Cluster 5, RF Engineering for satellite surveillance and software cryptananlysis for defense companies throughout the United States.

Ashton Search Group engineering jobs represent the latest employment opportunities for U.S. technology corporations that seek experienced engineers, scientists and engineering and technical managers, including System and Project Managers. Ashton Search Group has in active inventory over 1,400 engineering jobs currently being sourced for client companies. Our engineering jobs database enables engineers and technical professionals to stay up to date with the latest engineering positions available in the United States. Ashton Search Group's engineering jobs section include requirements for Biomedical Engineering, Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering, RF Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Semiconductor Engineering, Microelectronics Engineering, Optical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

Engineering and technical jobs are available nationwide in: Aerospace, Automation, Robotics, Automotive, Biotechnology, Business Machines, Capital Equipment, Chemicals, Composites, Computer, Computer Mainframe, Enterprise Server, Computer PC, Computer Server, Supercomputer, Computer Peripherals, Consumer Products, Networking, Defense, Electronics, Environmental Health & Safety, Extractive Industries, Food, Forensic Engineering, Imaging, Video, Industrial Process Controls, Instrumentation, Intellectual Property, Patent Services, Machinery and Machine Tools, Manufacturing Durable, Manufacturing Nondurable, Medical Products, Metals, Motion Control, Nanotechnology, Paper Products, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Plastic, Power Generation Equipment, Process, Distribution, Logistics, Research & Development, Antennas, Microwave, VLF, HF, VHF, UHF, SHF, Wireless, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Semiconductors, ASIC, FPGA, RF IC, RFIC, embedded software, end user software, middleware, multimedia, Open Source Systems, Operating Systems, BIOS, Radar, Software Defined Radio (SDR), Electronic Warfare, Algorithms, digital signal processing (DSP), digital, analog, telecom, C4ISR, C3I, C4I, SIGINT, Cryptananlysis, Remote Imaging, Intelligence and Materials.

Engineering and technical jobs are located throughout the United States including: AL ALABAMA AK ALASKA AZ ARIZONA AR ARKANSAS CA CALIFORNIA CO COLORADO CT CONNECTICUT DE DELAWARE DC DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FL FLORIDA GA GEORGIA HI HAWAII ID IDAHO IL ILLINOIS IN INDIANA IA IOWA KS KANSAS KY KENTUCKY LA LOUISIANA ME MAINE MD MARYLAND MA MASSACHUSETTS MI MICHIGAN MN MINNESOTA MS MISSISSIPPI MO MISSOURI MT MONTANA NE NEBRASKA NV NEVADA NH NEW HAMPSHIRE NJ NEW JERSEY NM NEW MEXICO NY NEW YORK NC NORTH CAROLINA ND NORTH DAKOTA OH OHIO OK OKLAHOMA OR OREGON PA PENNSYLVANIA RI RHODE ISLAND SC SOUTH CAROLINA SD SOUTH DAKOTA TN TENNESSEE TX TEXAS UT UTAH VT VERMONT VA VIRGINIA WA WASHINGTON WV WEST VIRGINIA WI WISCONSIN WY WYOMING.

Our engineering jobs database can be accessed without user registration. Engineering jobs requiring Secret and Top Secret clearance are listed in their own section under defense sector employment, and urgent client needs in Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering, Electrical Engineering, RF Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are posted in their own pages.

Specific engineering responsibilities, titles, positions, levels or classifications include: Engineer, Senior Engineer, Lead Engineer, Principal Engineer, Chief Engineer, Sales Engineer, Field Engineer, Project Leader, Systems Manager, Product Architect, Software Architect, Systems Architect, Project Manager, Program Manager, Product Manager, Engineering Site Manager, Engineering Manager, Engineering Director, Director of Engineering, Chief Technical Officer, CTO, SVP Engineering, VP Engineering, Vice President, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Software Engineer, Hardware Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Environmental Engineer, RF Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Materials Engineer, Operations Specialist and Optical Engineer.

Some defense sector client companies require an active DOD security clearance of Secret, Top Secret, Top Secret SCI, Top Secret EBI, Top Secret Poly, TS/EBI, TS/SBI, TS/SCI, SCI accesses, ISSA Lifestyle poly, Top Secret SSBI, Top Secret CISP, Top Secret SAP, TS/SSBI, Top secret SCI full scope polygraph, DOE-Q or DOJ-NACI for their employees working in the defense, federal government, and government intelligence communities. Ashton Search Group has specialized technical recruiters dedicated to meeting the needs of defense sector companies, recruiting engineers and technical managers with Secret and Top Secret clearances. All positions for defense clients require U.S. Citizenship, and eligibility for a DOD clearance. In some cases, an existing DOD security clearance is required by candidates prior to employment consideration.

All recruiting fees are paid directly by the hiring company. Ashton Search Group is compensated strictly by our clients (the hiring company), not by the candidate. Employment benefits are the sole responsibility of the hiring company. Candidate relocation is available for most jobs, and relocation costs are handled directly by the hiring company.