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Definition of the word “head-hunter” or recruiter:
A person (or a company) whose profession is to find executives to fill open positions in corporations.
Finding a job with help of a Head-hunter
It always pays to relate with a head-hunter. No one else will be able to teach you how to get a new job, or even prepare for a job interview than someone whose job is to look for jobs for other people. Not to mention the probability that no one else will be able to match you up best with a good job that not only matches your skills and needs, but your personality as well. What's more, most head-hunters offer their services to you (the job hunter) for free, as they get paid by the companies that hire them to find good talent. The secret of benefiting well from a good head-hunter’s valuable and free service is to have your resume make it to his current database.
In general, you have to remember that head-hunters do not look for jobs in the way that job hunters do. If you want really connect with a good head-hunter (and eventually have your resume saved in his office PC), you've got to understand well how he or she works. Below are some facts and tips that might help you out in dealing with a head-hunter:
Be sure your resume spells out skills that read clearly.
It’s imperative that you state clearly and explicitly what kind of skills you can offer. Your resume is not being read by an HR professional in a company you're applying for; it’s being read by someone with an eye for skill. Trim your resume to the essentials; don't waste the head-hunter’s reading time. Be sure that your resume can be easily classified according to skill, level of experience, etc.
Good Head-hunters do not play the "numbers game".
They don't succeed in filling in positions by sending as many resumes as they can for each single opening. They do so by finding the good few that match, then briefing them on what the company needs. They work hard for each vacancy they need to fill, so they expect you to do so as well in return. Listen well to their advice whenever they coach you for the interview, because it will benefit you both.
Most head-hunters specialize in a certain field.
Some will deal exclusively with requirements in the IT field, while others specialize in filling in Sales Positions for client firms. Be sure you're hooking up with the right one.
Look for recruiting firms on jobsites and submit your resumes there as well.
These firms, populated by head-hunters, always welcome new resumes to grace their resume banks. They usually go by the name "Executive Search Firm", "Consultants" or "Placement Agency". This is also always the first database they consult before sourcing out for more resumes in other places, like jobsites.