In these modern times, there are so many ways that recruiters can get prospective employees. However, the concept of a job headhunter is still new and foreign to some people. A job headhunter is a firm or group of people whose major job is to look for employees for another organisation. In essence they are executive recruiters of a kind and can exist in two forms. The retained executives or the contingency job headhunters are the two kinds.
Differences in the two categories
The retained executive recruiters are paid some fee even before the employee is recruited. These recruiters are used to recruit high end employees like company executives, managers and directors. The contingency recruiters only receive their fee when the employee is employed in the organisation.
They can therefore be used even for low paying positions like the entry level positions in any company. On important point to note is that these recruiters usually use your networks to get to you and the jobs they recruit for and rarely advertised.
Do you need a job headhunter?
Well, this will entirely depend on the position you are seeking and the industry in question. Some industries like those involved in biotechnology have used this method a lot in the past. Some industries may be reluctant to use this method and therefore this should be your concern.
If you are looking for a job, it is advisable to diversify on the options that you have. Well, it will not hurt to use a job headhunter but I would suggest not using it as the mutually exclusive method of looking for a job.
For those in low level positions, you will need a lot of diversification since most companies are only willing to spend a considerable amount of money in recruiting high end employees who will add value to their organisations from the beginning of the contract. In addition headhunter jobs usually tend to favour people with experience.
This does not mean that if you have not accumulated the relevant kind of experience, you cannot get jobs through them.
If you’ve having trouble getting the attention of headhunters one of the best things you can do it optimize your LinkedIn Profile. In Greig Wells book “LinkedIn Insider Secrets” he teaches you exactly how to do this.
You can make sure that your profile comes up in many more LinkedIn search results. This will cause the headhunters scouring your industry to come across your profile and resume first. This is one of the surest ways to get the right kind of attention when trying to find a new position.
Contacting job headhunters
First, it is possible for you to contact these recruiters on yourself especially if your Curriculum Vitae is not in any public domain like LinkedIn. However, before you contact them, you will need to do a very thorough revision of your CV, cover letter and ensure that you have all your credentials ready.
Your CV should be as detailed as possible including all the publications you have so far. It should also include a thorough outline of what you have to offer for a specific field.
You will also need to identify a specific field where you will work that matches your skills very well. This field should be the area you have specialized with or the area within which you would like to specialize. You will also need to identify a possible geographical location where you would like to work.
This will enable the recruiters to match you with a job in that area if it comes up. You will also need to identify factors that will enhance or limit your mobility if need be. These may be allergies to certain climatic conditions, family ties or any other reason whatsoever.
You should ensure that you provide a valid email address, telephone numbers or any other form of contact that they can use to reach you either during office hours or at home. Even of the firm does not have any job that matches your skills, once your CV is in their database, there will be other chances of being matched with a potential employer.
They may also help you in knowing what companies require so that you will be ready with all the information if a potential employer contacts you.
As said earlier, job headhunters are not the only option you have for finding a job. LinkedIn, Professional network allows you to interact with fellow colleagues in your industry as well as find jobs. There is a page where all potential employers post the vacancies in their firms and you are free to apply through LinkedIn of you qualify.
The employer may also contact you upon seeing your profile on Linked In and therefore it is important to have a profile that portrays all the skills you have, the level of experience and the kind of positions you are seeking for if you are seeking to change your current job.
Linked In also helps you to learn more about the companies you may wish to work with in future which may be very useful during the recruitment process.
In addition, the professionals in your networks may refer or recommend you to a specific company of they become aware of any job opening. Therefore, you need to create a positive image and rapport with the people in your network.
Besides Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks are very important for people actively seeking for employment. Most employers will post a link on their pages for potential employees to apply the job. Career portals are also an important way to know of all the vacancies in your industry.
Some firms will even use print media like newspapers or Television and Radio advertisements to attract potential employees.
Finding a job is a very tiring affair for some people but the more aggressive you are in seeking these opportunities, the better your chances of landing a good job. There are instances when you may be lucky and you get a job very fast.
At other times, you will need to practice patience and diversify your options for that rewarding opportunity to come through. Keep looking for a job in all the online and offline career portals or pages and you will not regret it.