Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How Headhunters May Help

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I'm going to get off task a little bit here from my normal job search tip comment, as the view of "headhunters" has been on my mind for quite some time now. Are "headhunters" "gods"? Are they all pompous and arrogant? Do they hold the keys to your future job search success? Do they provide employers with valuable services? Some people think so. . . employers and job seekers alike.

Headhunters, aka "executive search consultants" or "executive recruiters" or "executive recruiting consultants" whatever terminology you want to use, can often be viewed as such, mainly by employers who hire the headhunter to fill a specific position. The "headhunter" maintains a certain mystique about themselves. Do they deserve that mystique? There are many employers who stand in awe at what a headhunter can accomplish when given a job spec or position to fill after they have tried for months to fill that same position. I have stood in awe at some of the impossible positions we have been asked to fill and have been successful in filling! There are job seekers who may be potential candidates who are afraid to approach any headhunter because they aren't really sure how that headhunter will react. They are put on a pedistal for everyone to admire.

On the flip side of that coin, there are job seekers who aren't afraid to approach a headhunter, but because they don't know what the role of the headhunter is, or, because when they think "headhunter" they think that individual or company can find them a job, they become disillusioned and angry toward the headhunter whom they think should be working on their behalf. For example, they'll look for a specific job role like physician jobs from a site like this: but headhunters might not specialize in that particular area. I just wanted to throw this idea out there. I have much more to say to finish this thought but that is for another day. I don't want to make this blog too long as I'm sure you have other things to do. But before I go, I'd be interested in knowing what you think about "headhunters"? Remember, whether your comments are positive or negative, keep the comments appropriate!