It is natural, and necessary, for a recruiter to identify with the client. After all, recruiters are the “sales & marketing” arm of the HR world and a good sales person believes in the product he or she is selling. In this case, it is the company and its opportunities. However, no matter how long the contract, or how much one likes the group, a contract recruiter is not an employee of the client. He or she might be considered a respected team member, but not an employee.