Benefits of Working With Corporate Headhunters and Recruiters - Are They Worth The Headache?
If you're in the workforce there is a good chance that you have encountered a headhunter or temporary agency recruiter. Often times smaller companies will turn to these firms to find talent as
they don't have HR recruiters on staff. Or to find a highly seasoned and experienced professional major companies will enlist a headhunter to find individuals who met their very specific needs. Since headhunters have inside connections with many organizations forming a relationship with them can be beneficial. Alternatively, these people keep their clients interest and their own first so rarely are they truly invested in helping us get a job.
I have registered with countless placement agencies and independent headhunters over the years. Apple One, Volt, Office Team, Kelly Financial, Robert Half, KForce, Randstad, Adecco, Manpower, Streffco. You name it I've tried them. Some good, some bad, some downright ugly.
Typically they'll post jobs on their website or through employment search engines such as Indeed, Monster and Careerbuilder. They'll call you in for an interview and will test your skills. They'll give you interview tips and access to their skill development online classes. They'll promise to submit you for a job or two and boom you never hear from them again.
While headhunters and placement agencies can help you get a foot in the door especially for temp and temp to hire roles they're notorious at leading candidates on and for not following professional communication etiquette. They'll send you on interviews and never call you again. They'll ignore multiple follow up attempts and leave you wondering what the heck happened.
So are corporate headhunters and agency recruiters worth the headache? Is it better to use them instead of applying to a company directly? Do the benefits of working with corporate headhunters and recruiters outweigh the cons? While it depends most of the time I would say yes to the proceeding questions. There have been companies that I applied to a couple dozen times with no luck. As soon as the headhunter made the introduction I got the interview.
Corporate headhunters and agency recruiters have the network that may work to get us work.
So there is value in incorporating corporate headhunters and agency recruiters in your job search. They may give you an occasional headache so keep a bottle of Excedrin around. Just take the time to find a professional and dependable headhunter. Interview them as they interview them. Don't become too emotionally invested in anything they say or do. Continue to apply for opportunities on your own as well. If you get a job through a corporate headhunter or agency recruiter, great. If not, you didn't do anything more than tap into another available resource that is FREE to you to use.