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A headhunter, or a Recruiter or an Executive search specialist, is not an employment agent. He's a recruiter hired by companies to seek out candidates for high-level positions or specialized jobs.
He finds people through research, networking and discreet telephone calls.
Last Updated - 17th November 2005
Finding a Headhunter
- Ask industry colleagues to recommend you to the headhunters they work with.
- Call a headhunter directly (it's best to say who recommended him) but be sure you're clear about the kind of job you want and what you have to offer.
- Join an industry association and get published in its magazine or newsletter as headhunters often scan association directories and magazines for names.
- Send your chronological resume to headhunters specializing in your field.
Using a Headhunter
- Discuss your background and experience (do no misrepresent yourself)
- Ask for an evaluation.
- Question the headhunter in depth about any companies to which he sends you (also do your own research).
- Discuss your career goals and ask for feedback on your resume.
Unsolicited Calls from Headhunters
- Be suspicious if the headhunter will not give his name, his firm's name, address or phone number.
- Check out the firm with your colleagues and look it up in a directory of executive search firms.
- Be suspicious if the headhunter is vague concerning job information or asks a lot about your present firm and little about you.
- Don't work with a headhunter who uses high-pressure sales tactics or seems unresponsive to your needs.
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