I have discussed the merits of using a recruiter before realizing that some might think that I am, in effect, selflessly advocating using me…but honestly (well not 100% honestly) that is not my sole intent. Even if (for some unknown remote, unimaginable reason) I am not your recruiter of choice (that was said for a laugh even if it had a ring of truth), there are strong reasons to substantiate using a qualified committed recruiter. They say (in legal circles) that a person who represents him/herself has a fool for a client. I would respectfully argue that the same could hold true for someone seeking a new opportunity and representing him or herself independently. Of course there are legitimate exceptions, such as strong direct contacts or if you are solicited directly by the company or by someone whom you have a strong previous relationship.
So, forget my seemingly selflessness and instead think about the logic of some of the following:
Submission through a website or through a recruiter…
Think about how many resumes come to a company through their website…you have no ability to follow up, no one to contact and no idea if they ever even looked at your resume. Now think about what happens when you go though a recruiter who sent it in to a direct contact with whom he/she can call, email and follow up. Which do you think works to your advantage?