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:
Deciding to quit your job may seem easy. Reasons are plenty – from organizational pain points and personal relations, to need of accomplishment or general dissatisfaction. Can it be remedied by changing job? And is it really the right way to shake up your career? Naturally the immediate step is to start browsing job boards, activate friends and contacts, and get in touch with headhunters.
But, while it might be easy to identify the reasons for leaving the current job, it is another story altogether to define the next one, or actually find it.
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
You have taken the decision to quit, to leave your current employer. This means that you have lost the faith to change your job for the better.
Here are 5 tips on how to quit your job with style, ensure a clean departure that does not burn bridges and makes sure you will always get positive references 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
“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
This is a crucial one. A bad decision can have a highly negative impact on your resume and career evolution.
After all, you seek more responsibility, more money and a better title, right?
Here are the 6 questions I recommend on how to choose your next job to minimize this risk of a false move. And I would only accept a job offer if all points are positive:
Congratulations! After having screened dozens or hundreds of resumes and having conducted numerous interviews, you have found the right candidate for your job vacancy. Weeks or months of hard work come to an end. Make sure you get it right at this critical point of time of the hiring process: one false move can result in a refusal and if you screw it up now, you have to start at zero again (unless you have a back-up – and even then, s/he will only be second choice…).
In my experience, 5-10% of job offers made are turned down.
Making it right is a very precise technique. Here are the 9 steps on how to make a winning job offer:
While losing your job unexpectedly is never good news, it doesn’t have to be a setback. It can be an opportunity to change directions and find a better career.
The day you get fired, you can feel angry, sad and every other emotion that comes your way. On the other hand, you may not even feel so bad about it.
After hearing that you’ve been fired, you might be waiting for rage to bubble up or tears to flow, but your initial reaction to getting fired might not be as negative as you expected. You might even crack a smile.