January 19th, 2010
If you are recently out of college and are having no luck job hunting through the typical outlets, you may benefit from using a headhunter. A headhunter is a recruiter for an employment service. They either directly work for companies or are hired by contract to help them find the right employees. Their job is to match the right person with the right job, and they receive a finder's fee when they do. Many companies don't want to spend their time trying to find the right person to fill a position, so they use headhunters. If you are looking for some assistance in the job search, here is why you may need a headhunter.
You need someone who can sell you better than you can. Employers trust headhunters. They know that a headhunter wouldn't be interested in you unless they were confident in your abilities and potential to be a good employee, after all their reputation as a recruiter is on the line. Think of a headhunter as a salesman, and their product is you. They are only going to make a sales pitch to someone they truly believe will buy their product, and they will only recommend you for jobs they truly believe you have a chance at. Hiring managers know that headhunters will only send them the best candidates, and their recommendation may be just the thing you need to get that interview.
You need someone who knows where the jobs are. Companies have many different ways of hiring employees most of which you probably have never thought about. Vacancies need to be filled fast and hiring managers can't waste their time filtering through hundreds of resumes. In other words, they need the candidates to be weeded out for them, and headhunters can do just that. Headhunters tend to specialize in specific industries and therefore have solid contacts in all of them. Good contacts mean solid job leads and they can help you land that position you never would have known about otherwise.
You need someone who will help you look for jobs. If you don't have a lot of time to look for jobs because you are working part time to make ends meet, headhunters can do the work for you. They spend their time talking to employers directly and giving out your resume. And the best thing is, it won't cost you any money. When headhunters are able to successfully help place you in the right position, the company that hires you pays them.