Oldies are goldies: I have written the first version of this post in May 2011 and it is one of the most viral ones, being published in print and online by careerbuilder, msn careers, businessinsider, several print media as well as – without my approval – on many obscure sites.
Here is a revised version on how to use a headhunter in the most efficient way for your career:
Many job-seekers are reluctant to use a professional recruiter. I consider this a mistake as a good headhunter has what you do not have: inside information as well as the knowledge of jobs that will never be advertised.
Here are 8 tips on how to use a headhunter – written by a headhunter:
As headhunters, we have something you don’t have: inside information from the job market and knowledge about vacancies that will never be advertised. We are both watching the job market but the difference is that we do nothing else but this, 50 hours per week and 52 weeks per year. And when we find vacancies, our job is to put the right candidate in front of our client. What can you do to be the one?
Here are 7 tips on how to get headhunted:
“In the course of last year, I got to interact with a number of headhunters. What a learn!
Of course, I had read a few blogs about this and I remember digging out old 101 cheat sheets back from business school days. I remember thinking “it’ll do the trick”…. Hell no!
No-one had told me that it is not just about performing well at recruitment interviews. No-one had ever warned me before about a few human mistakes which, although they might not fully disqualify you for a given job, will strain your relationship with the headhunter to a point you do not want to.
Here are my 5 key learnings on how to deal with headhunters effectively Read more
Whilst it is almost impossible to recognize e.g. a good dentist (confirms my friend Carsten, a good dentist), this is much easier when you ask yourself the question how to recognize a good headhunter.
Here are the 3 triple x questions that can help you understand if the recruiter in front of you is likely to be able to help you or not Read more
Love us or hate us, at one point of time during your career you will need us. We have what you do not have: inside information from the job market and the knowledge of jobs that will never be advertised. Our goal is to match you with a job. Choose and use us wisely and we can be a catalyst for your career.
Read on for my guest posting on Forbes “7 Things A Headhunter Won’t Tell You”: http://onforb.es/PthQ9d
“How to be a good headhunter” is one of the terms that directs most of the traffic to this blog. Here comes my posting about how to be successful in recruitment, based on more than 10 years experience in this industry and after having trained, coached or interviewed hundreds of recruiters from all over the world.
Markets may be slightly different from country to country yet the characteristics that make you a top performer in Las Vegas also work in London or in Singapore.
Here is my quintessential list on how to be a good headhunter in any market or economic cycle Read more
Often right – though it is illegal to do so in some countries. Yet many agencies put ads on the net that are completely made up and neither the job nor the company exist (at least recruiters who work on success fees and who have to build a “candidate pool”).
I read and hear again and again that candidates complain that when they met their recruiter, the job “was gone”, had “just been filled” or more bluntly “does not exist” and had the aim “to attract candidates”. Read more
My wife told me not to state this number as it might not generate business for me but the contrary. But she also says on many other occasions that I always do what I want anyway so here we go: Read more
Headhunting is not only getting candidates from your competitors. If the headhunter has access to the hidden job market, he also has contact to its’ equivalent: the candidates that are not actively looking. Read more