Will a Recruiter Help Me Get a Job?

06/18/2018

Executive recruiters are a paradox. They simultaneously need candidates yet at any given time they only want to interact with certain individuals. In fact, they can be downright unwelcoming to job seekers.

Why is that? The answer lies in the economics of the recruiting industry. In the words of Deep Throat in All the President's Men, if you want to know the answer, "follow the money." https://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/298571/All-The-President-s-Men-Movie-Clip-Follow-The-Money.html

The money comes from clients, not job seekers. Executive recruiters, a.k.a. search consultants and headhunters, get paid by clients to recruit well-qualified candidates. As a result, the client's needs are at the forefront of our efforts. We focus on seeking out candidates who match a client's specifications exactly and then recruit them to the opportunity.

Search firms excel at finding (and recruiting) passive candidates - that is really our stock in trade. That said, we also maintain a database of previous candidates and potential future candidates.

If you are in our database, and we contact you about an opportunity, and you are the successful candidate... you could say we helped you get a job. But that doesn't mean we can help you get a job at the moment you need a job. It's really a matter of timing. If the stars align, a recruiter will help you get a job!

When you are looking for a job, I recommend you reach out to recruiters who regularly seek candidates with your background. Confirm the kinds of searches they perform and ask if you can send your information to them. If you want to get on the recruiter's good side, offer to be a resource to them. You may know someone who is a perfect fit for one of their current searches.

I also recommend you reach out to those same recruiters when you are not looking for a job. You never know when they might be looking for someone just like you and that could be a match made in heaven!

For information about our firm and the searches we are conducting currently, visit our website, www.huntergroup.com, or contact me.

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