Ok To Contact A Headhunter?

Dear RSL,

I’m just getting started in my job search.  I’m currently working and happy with where I am at but I’ve reached the top of where I can go in this company.  I’m thinking about working with a “head hunter” to help me find a new position.  Is this a good idea?

Absolutely it’s a good idea!  When you’re in a job search there’s nothing wrong with exploring your options and having others help you to find the next step in your career.  For those of you not familiar with what a “head hunter” is, a “head hunter” can also be called an “executive recruiter” or “third party recruiter.”  If you have not yet had a chance to read the guest blog by Todd Nilsen, “Know Your Recruiter: The Specialized World of Third Party Recruiting” (http://wp.me/p1rGgF-1d) I highly suggest you read it.  Todd offers some great insight into Executive Recruiters/Head Hunters.

While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with working with a head hunter, there are a few things you will want to consider in choosing who you ultimately partner with.  Do your research.  If you’re looking to be in a specific industry or within a specific vertical, look for recruiters that specialize in those areas.  Ask the recruiters which companies they have contacts with and what types of positions they have placed with them in the past.  Most
importantly remember that you are not the only candidate they are working with.  You will want to continue to network with others and search on your own as well.

When you are working with a head hunter, it’s important to note that most companies will always try to fill positions on their own first.  Because of this, if there are specific companies that you are interested in working for try to network with others at that company.  You can network with them through networking sites and various networking events (these can be both virtual or in person).  There are a tremendous number of positions that are filled through networking and no one knows your background, qualifications and future goals better than yourself.

Go ahead, call that headhunter.  Just don’t forget that they are only a small part of your search solution.

Resume Survis Lady is written by Billye Survis. To have your resume or job search questions answered by Resume Survis Lady, send your questions to: resumesurvislady@gmail.com
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