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Could a Headhunter Help You Find a Job?

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Job Interview CartoonIt’s tough out there, if you’re a job seeker. With dozens — or even hundreds — of people vying for the same position, it becomes important to stand out. Indeed, with some predicting a double-dip recession, and with companies slow to hire, the job market is a tricky place to be right now.

If you are hoping to stand out, and find a job, it might help to get professional help. A headhunter might be able to assist you in your job search, setting you up with a good company.

What Does a Headhunter Do?

A headhunter is also sometimes called a recruiter. For the most part, a headhunter is hired to help companies fill empty positions. The headhunter’s job is to match employers with workers who meet their needs. The recruiter keeps an eye out for someone who would be a good fit for the company. This means that the headhunter should know about what an employer needs, as well as be acquainted with potential workers. A headhunter looks through resumes, and may even meet with possible recruits to get a feel for their qualifications.

Why You Should Consider Using the Services of a Headhunter

Headhunters might operate on their own, or they might work in a firm. In either case, a headhunter will have access to information about job openings at client firms. Sometimes, a recruiter even knows about job openings that are not widely published — or even published at all. Good headhunters also have access to knowledge of high paying jobs. Because employers pay recruiters to find good employees, often, the jobs come with higher salaries. With the help of a headhunter, it is often possible to find a better paying job.

One of the best reasons to use a headhunter is that many of them are free to job seekers. Employers pay recruiters to find highly qualified applicants. When someone is hired, the headhunter is usually paid a percentage of your first year’s salary. That means that it’s in the headhunter’s best interest to help you get hired — and negotiate on your behalf for a higher salary.

There are headhunters who charge a fee, though. Make sure that you understand exactly what you are getting if you pay a headhunter, including services you can expect to receive, and results you might see.

Are You Highly Qualified?

Realize, though, that many headhunters — especially those that don’t charge job-seekers a fee — don’t just take anyone. You might send your resume to a headhunter, only to be rejected, or ignored. Because recruiters are paid according to the candidates they present to the employer, and because their reputations depend on finding the right people, they are likely to be choosy about the job-seekers they are willing to represent.

If you want a headhunter to help you find a job, you need to show that you are highly qualified. While your resume doesn’t have to be perfect, it will still need to demonstrate your abilities, and adequately describe your skills. If you are highly qualified, a headhunter will be more willing to take you on — and provide you with the inside track to a new career.

(Photo: Mr. Daniel Ted Feliciano)

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One Response to “Could a Headhunter Help You Find a Job?”

  1. mannymacho says:

    In my experience, headhunters are a great way to find access to many available jobs. However, much like real estate agents, I find that there is the ethical dilemma of wanting to push through many applicants quickly rather than truly negotiating the best pay for them. They are not going to work extra hard for a couple of weeks to raise your salary by a few thousand, only to get a few hundred for all their hard work.


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