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As the old saying goes, “If you don’t manage your career, it will manage you.” In case you haven’t realized it, strategic career planning and implementation is a full-time job, in of itself. That’s why there are professionals whose full-time job is devoted to helping individuals, like yourself, follow the path to the best jobs that provide increasing responsibilities and more money. Who, you ask, might perform such a job? The answer – a headhunter, and if you’re not tapping into these people as a resource, it’s time to re-evaluate your long-term, job search strategy.
What do headhunters do?
Unlike the typical corporate Recruiter, who attempts to fill positions that are open today, a headhunter works with nursing candidates who are content in their current position but are open to new opportunities that offer personal, professional, and financial growth. By working with a headhunter, the candidate is able to keep on top of trends in their industry, learn about new opportunities close to home, and when the time is right, have a trained career agent in their corner to handle the entire process on their behalf. Headhunters or Recruiting Specialists do not typically charge a fee to their candidates – their fee is paid by the new employer upon
- They work on your behalf to ensure you get hired by the most suitable organization that aligns with your personal mission and goals.
- They will revise and tweak your resume/CV, as part of their service.
- You won’t waste your own time researching salaries, trends, or dealing with online applications.
- The headhunter will market you to your target employers, and uncover unadvertised opportunities for you.
- You’ll receive complimentary strategic career planning services so that you can more efficiently manage your professional life.
- The headhunter will negotiate a salary and compensation package that is competitive and meets your requirements.
- Candidates who use headhunters typically earn as much as 30% more than individuals who do not.
- The headhunter has the ability to utilize their connections in the industry, and get you in the door – when you might otherwise have failed in the process.
- Executives who work with one specific headhunter over a period of multiple career moves, consistently remain at the top of their pay range.
- The individual you choose to work with has a vested interest in your success – they are paid only when you start your new job.
How to find the right headhunter
Like corporate recruiters specialize in certain fields and positions, there are headhunters who choose their focus by industry, career level, or position. It’s particularly important to connect with a headhunter who understands the unique challenges of your profession and is well-networked with industry hiring authorities.
To find a headhunter/Recruiter in your field, do the following:
- Perform a search on Google.
- Linkedin, and Linkedin groups.
- Ask for referrals from colleagues. A large percentage of Management level and above candidates are routinely working with a headhunter.
When you manage your career, you manage your life
Outside of the decision to get married, the way in which you choose to manage your career is the single most decision you make. What would happen if you decided to drop out of high school, and never return to school. That single decision would have placed a cap on your income potential, for the rest of your life. The decision to work with a headhunter can open up a world of professional opportunities to you. You’ll have a partner in your corner who has a vested interest in your success.
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