One of the most critical elements of finding the right recruiter is to find one who specializes in your industry.Why? Because recruiters are networking for you, so it's in your best interest to stick to those who are well versed in your area of expertise and have valuable contacts in your industry.
According to Service Alberta, there are currently 237 recruiters in the City. So how do you narrow down your search? The Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services is one site that allows you to search by industry area. Although it's not a comprehensive list, it can kickstart your efforts to identify specialists in your area.
Job Seekers: Finding a Staffing Company
The Calgary Public Library aslo has two print directories that list recruiters across Canada. The Directory of Executive and Professional Recruiters and the Directory of Canadian Recruiters are both available for reference (in library) use on the Central Library's Third Floor. The latter book was also written to provide a full understanding of the process, including what you need to do to make the recruiting experience successful.
You may also search the complete list of recruiters by using the Service Alberta site:
Search for A Business in Alberta
You can search by license type from the pull down menu, and you will get a listing of all employment agencies that are legally entitled to work in Alberta. The Alberta government has also a guide to using employment agencies that answers some frequently asked questions:
Using Recruitment or Employment Agencies