Head hunter

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    Jan 03, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    Wasn't sure where to post this, so Travel seemed like the best place.

    Has anybody every used a headhunter to find a new job in a new city (especially while still employed)? I'm looking for thoughts on the process, tips for finding the right one, or any other information that will make this go smoothly.

    I've never done this before and it's been a long time since I've been on a job hunt.

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    Jan 04, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Dunno... I've had headhunters contact me before, but never at a time when I was looking to move. I sort of got the impression that if you're looking, they're not going to be interested in you. It's kind of a paradox.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jan 04, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    I'm aware of headhunters finding employees, but not sure if they work the other way around. There are job agencies though, that do that. Google is your friend!
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    Jan 04, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Well, I usually get a call from a headhunter every other month or so. Start by creating a linkedin account and then add your connections. 9 times out of 10, the headhunters find me through my other connections. Be mindful that some headhunters take a percentage of your first year's pay in your new job. Just know the conditions. Good luck!
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    Jan 04, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    Don't think a headhunter is what you want. As others have said, they work for the company doing the search. I've gotten jobs through headhunter(s), which usually involved relocation, but they always contacted me. Headhunters are a networking species and if your current job doesn't provide exposure to them it's unlikely this avenue is open to you. I've never had to pay a headhunter - the company doing the search did. Best bet would most likely be an employment agency in the area you want to relocate to. Good luck to you.
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    Jan 04, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    Most recruiters I've encountered have clients who are seeking somebody already in the market. I don't see a lot of recruiters offering relo.
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    Jan 04, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    i've gotten interviews and job offers through recruiters before.

    You just contact the recruiting firm. They'll connect you to an individual recruiter. You send the recruiter your resume and then go in for an interview. The interview is pretty informal. They'll go over your resume with you and ask you to elaborate on your experience. They also ask you what you are looking for and how much you are looking to get paid.

    They'll put you into their system so that other recruiters within the firm can see you as well. Each recruiter has their own clients. You'll be presented with job openings of clients of several recruiters. However, your own recruiter will always act as the liaison. They want a cut of the commission.

    Basically, they'll call you about a position, give you the details like roles and responsibilities and pay range, and ask you if you want to be presented. They can't present you without your consent. If you say yes then they present you to their client. If the client wants to see you then the recruiter will setup an interview for you. They'll prep you before the interview and give you tips and stuff about the position and the people you are going to talk to. They want you to get the job so that they can earn the commission.

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    Jan 04, 2012 1:20 PM GMT

    Thanks for the replies, everyone. It's been 15 years since I've even thought about looking... and back then job hunting was much different than it seems to be now. I guess maybe a headhunter isn't exactly what I'm looking for... but a job agency. Have to do more research on recruiters.