Re: 1.2: First Job
I have had absolutely zero luck with recruiters, and I don't know how many I've dealt with. Twenty at least. They lie. Constantly. (Every job I've gotten has been the result of knowing someone in the company that got me an interview.)
The last recruiter I dealt with said the hiring company was okay with limited telecommuting (which was a necessity for me at the time), and yet when I finally spoke to someone at the company, this was not the case. I don't understand what the recruiter stood to gain by lying. Did he think that I would be so enamoured with the company that I'd just throw my obligations out the window? All he did was waste my time, and the hiring company's time.
I've chosen to never deal with a recruiter again, even though I suspect that will lead to me having to leave this field.