Common Headhunter Myths Explained
Before I answer the question "Should I use a headhunter?" I want to get a few common misconceptions out of the way. Many job seekers think a recruiter is the end all be all of their job hunting process.
What these job seekers do not understand is that the recruiter works exclusively for their clients 99% of the time, unless of course they are charging you a fee. As a result, your recruiter may seem like your best friend, right up to the point that the hiring manager declines to offer you employment.
As for the remaining 1%, if you have a very strong skill set there is a chance the recruiter will seek out other opportunities for you, but this is usually only offered to the top tier of candidates in any given industry.
If the recruiter offers to search for a job for you, they will likely use your impressive background to help them obtain new clients. This is a win-win situation for both you and the recruiter should they find you a job. You will end up with the the job of your dreams, and the recruiter just gained a new client that will hopefully provide them with more opportunities to recruit.
So to answer the question "Should I use a headhunter?". Absolutely, yes. Their networking skills can help you find the perfect position. Just keep in mind that the recruiter will only work with you if they see a good possibility that one of their clients will make you a job offer.