When Job-Searching, Get a Good Headhunter

Marlon Mai January 13, 2014 2 mins read

When you decide to start looking for work, how do you prepare? Aside from an attractive CV, a persuasive letter of introduction and a snappy suit for interviews, you also need a good headhunter.

As the economy develops at breakneck speed, companies are diversifying their internal structures and placing more synthesized, complex demands on the abilities of candidates. To find a position that truly suits your career direction, you need a professional, trustworthy headhunting partner to help you in your job search.

1. A good headhunting partner will help you analyze the market and plan your target position in accordance with your characteristics. When you meet with a headhunting consultant, take the initiative and ask them about the current state of the talent market. After interviewing with them, you can also solicit their analyses regarding your skills and abilities, as well as their recommendations regarding your career direction. The analyses and recommendations of a good headhunter are a valuable resource. From this, you can judge whether or not they would make a trustworthy partner.

2. A good headhunting partner can give you real, effective information about hiring companies, as well as help you prepare for their interviews. If a headhunter merely told you to go and interview with so-and-so company, wouldn’t you feel a little left out in the cold? A good headhunting consultant should have a clear and accurate understanding of a given company’s organizational culture and departmental structure—even the backgrounds and personalities of their interviewers. Before your interview, you can get a lot of valuable information from the headhunter, not just the time and place of the interview.

3. After completing numerous interviews and finally receiving an offer, you probably will have already established a deep trust with your headhunting partner. A good headhunter will—in a professional manner—synthesize information about the market with your personal potential to help you in your discussions with the hiring company in regards to the salary and benefits of your new position. By choosing a professional, experienced headhunting consultant, you can ensure that you end up with a package that is both commensurate with your abilities and in line with the budgetary requirements of the company. In this way, you can avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings that may crop up during discussions of sensitive topics such as salary.

When preparing for the job search, in the same way you spend hours designing a flawless CV, be sure to make the effort to find a professional, trustworthy headhunting consultant. In this way, you can reap twice the rewards with half the effort.

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Managing Director | Finance & Accounting, IT, Sales & Marketing Recruitment
mmai@morganmckinley.com