Signs You May Need a Headhunter

Posted on November 12, 2010

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Tired of scanning job sites like Monster and Career Builder every day and finding nothing of interest? What about submitting your resume to dozens of employers and never getting a call back? If you feel as if you have exhausted your own occupational resources, you might need to try a new approach to the job hunt, or more specifically a headhunter. As recruiters for employment services, headhunters either work directly for companies or are hired by contract to help them find the best employees. It is these recruiters’ job to match the best candidate with the right job. Here are a few signs that one could benefit you.

You have a hard time selling yourself.

Sometimes other people are able to sell ourselves better than we can. It is often tricky to find the right balance between confidence and cockiness, especially when interviewers are picking you apart based on your skills and qualifications. In short, employers can’t always trust what you say about yourself but they might be more likely to trust what someone else says. Since headhunters are paid to find the right person, employers know that one wouldn’t be interested in a candidate unless they were confident about their abilities and potential to be a good employee. Think of a headhunter as your own personal salesman and the product as you, they are only going to try to sell that product to someone they believe will buy it. In other words, they will only put you up for jobs that they know you have a good chance at. Remember, hiring managers know that headhunters will only send them the best candidates, and their recommendation may be just the thing you need to get your foot in the door.

You don’t know where else to look for a job.

When you have exhausted all of your own contacts and connections and don’t know where else to look, you need to find someone who does. Headhunters are career experts and it is their job to know where there are vacancies that need to be filled. Companies have various ways of hiring new employees, most of which the average person probably never considers. When empty positions negatively affect productivity, they need to be filled as quickly as possible. Most hiring managers don’t have the time to post job ads and filter through hundreds of resumes, so they need someone who can weed out candidates for them. Many headhunters specialize in specific industries, meaning they have much better contacts and connections than you do and are often the first ones to hear about open positions. A headhunter’s solid job lead can help you get hired at a company you never would have known about otherwise.

You don’t have time to look for a job.

It’s been said that looking for a job is almost like a full-time job itself. If you are working in a part-time or temporary position to make ends meet, you probably don’t have a lot of spare time to devote to the job search. Headhunters can help lighten your load by looking for jobs when you can’t. Not only do they pinpoint appropriate positions, they spend their time contacting employers, distributing your resume, and talking to hiring managers directly. And while they are doing the work, it won’t cost you a thing. In the end you both win because when a headhunter is able to successfully place you in a position they get paid by the company that hires you.

This guest post is contributed by Kate Willson, who writes on the topics of best online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katewillson2@gmail.com.

 

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