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If you’ve been out in the job market for 3-5 years, a Recruiter or Headhunter may have contacted you. Have you been contemplating your career options but are unsure how to go about finding your next job? Even if you’ve built up a great portfolio of recommendations and experience, having someone by your side while you navigate the job market can be helpful. Understanding how the recruiting process works will make a big difference in what happens to you during your job search.
Recruiters: Companies hire individuals to fill open positions at a company. They often serve as the first step in the hiring process and screen out candidates prior to presenting options to a company. Some firms require a minimum of 3 candidates to evaluate and it is up to the recruiter who is on a retainer to find the right fit for the position.
Headhunters: Individuals work with headhunters who are compensated only if they find someone who can fill the position and work on commission. Usually the company that hires the person may pay the placement fee, or it may fall on the employee.
When working with either a Recruiter or Headhunter there may be a stipulation that you have to be in the position for 90 days before they get paid. This is done to ensure the candidate is fully vetted and highly probable to stay on longer with the company. The last thing a new employer wants to do is start the process over after training and onboarding a new employee.
5 Things To Remember About Working With A Recruiter or Headhunter
- Ask: When you speak with a Recruiter or Headhunter, ask whom they are working for and how they are compensated.
- Decide: Will this person be able to present your credentials in the best light so that you stand out from the competition?
- Check References: How many people did this person find a job and did they stay in that position?
- Don’t Be Exclusive: You can search on your own, network and also work with a recruiter.
- Set A Timeline: After you speak with the person, discuss the length of time it will take to find a position. How does this fit with your own goals? Make sure you are in alignment before you start going down the path.
Finding a new job can take time, so be realistic in your expectations. Talk with friends who have worked with either a headhunter or recruiter and ask them about their experience. If you are still unsure, join a professional group either in person or on LinkedIn where you can gather information to make the best choice for you.
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