Job Search Guide: Should I work with headhunters?
As a jobseeker or an employee, associating yourself with
headhunters or executive search firms (or consultants) can give you an additional dimension in shaping your future career
and diversifying your job search strategy.
Many top executives realize this fact and as a result they mix themselves with
the headhunters, not mainly looking for jobs, but looking for opportunities.
The opportunity may come next week, next month, next year or next
couple of years.
It's always good to engage yourselves with headhunters, but don't
keep the impression that you soon will be offered a much better position by
other organization through this headhunter.
However, sometimes working with certain headhunters can make you
frustrating. Many headhunters out there throw empty promises and sweet words to
you, only to realize that they have nothing to offer.
For example if a headhunter promises to call you back next
Tuesday 10am does he call you as promised? Is he responding to your unanswered
calls? Did he return your messages? Did he reply your recent emails?
Good headhunters know the value of keeping their network alive;
in fact many of them have their own circle of network among executives where
they arrange a periodical networking sessions with other people. They also tell
their fellow networkers in good spirit that they might involve in "his next big
transaction" but give no guarantee on that happening.
One thing for sure, a good headhunter is trained to get what they
want, and they can do it quick. The faster the assignment finishes, the faster
the case can be closed, and the faster the can claim their fees.