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How to Contact a Headhunter

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When you're in the market for a new job, a professional headhunter can streamline the process. The headhunter will do all the research and point you toward appropriate opportunities. There will be no cost to you, since the headhunter's fee is paid by the employer when you are hired. By choosing a headhunter carefully and contacting the right one, you will increase your chances of finding the right job quickly and efficiently.

Get recommendations for the best headhunters from companies for whom you would like to work. According to the Ask The Headhunter website, you should make a list of your top five dream employers. Call their human resources department or a manager in the area where you'd like to work and say, "I really admire your company, and I would appreciate knowing which recruiters you prefer to work with to fill positions in (your area of expertise)."

Contact the top headhunters identified by your company contacts. Some of the top headhunters don't like to work with clients with whom they did not initiate contact. According to Ask the Headhunter, you can work around this by using the information gathered in your search. Tell the headhunter, "Mr. [Add name here] at the [Add company name here] company recommended that I speak with you." Use the name of the individual you previously contacted to get recruiter information.

Be prepared and make a good impression during your interview. When you make contact with a headhunter, he will set up an initial meeting. Treat this in the same way you would treat a real job interview. The headhunter will want to see how you will present yourself if she takes you on as a client. She would not want to send somene who is not suited for the job, as that would hurt her credibility and future business. Dress professionally, bring your resume and letters of reference, and be prepared to describe your employment goals and answer any related questions.

Interview the headhunter. Even though you are the one being interviewed, you also need to screen the headhunter to make sure he is the right person for you. Ask about his placement record and areas of expertise. If it turns out that he works mainly with companies in which you have no interest or has little experience in your particular field, he is probably not a good choice for you.

Analyze your experience with each of the headhunters you have contacted and interviewed, and make your final choice from among those who are willing to work with you. Make this decision as quickly as possible so your job search can start immediately.

Stay in regular contact with the headhunter. Once the job search begins, don't just sit back and relax until someone calls. According to The Digerati Life, you should stay in touch with your headhunter and make sure that your contact information is always up to date. Regular contact will ensure that you find out about potential opportunities promptly.

Warning

There are some unscrupulous headhunters who will offer to get you a job in exchange for an upfront fee. They may even claim to have an opportunity for you, but will not give you any information until you pay. Never give money to a headhunter. Reputable headhunters get their payment from the employer when you get a job.

About the Author

Based in Kissimmee, Fla., Barb Nefer is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience. She is a mental health counselor, finance coach and travel agency owner. Her work has appeared in such magazines as "The Writer" and "Grit" and she authored the book, "So You Want to Be a Counselor."

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