Not surprisingly, recruiters said it's important that job candidates understand the role of a recruiter. In short, the recruiter is charged with finding the best person for the position the client is looking to fill. If you are clearly not that person, you are wasting your time and the recruiter's by trying to suggest otherwise. "It is our job to find and recruit candidates who outshine those available in the conventional job marketplace," said Jeremy Spring, vice president of business development and a recruiter at Elever. "When introducing yourself for consideration, try and objectively evaluate how your experience aligns with what the recruiter's client company seeks. If you do not have VP-level experience, no recruiter will consider referring you for a VP-level position."