8 Helpful Career Tips to Help You Find A Head-hunter

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In this article, we will cover all the questions frequently asked by uncertain job-hunters.  Let’s try to understand the interview process from a recruiter’s point of view. For many people, an interview can be a nerve-racking and scary process, but it is something that can’t be overlooked or avoided! One of the best career tips is to make sure that you nail the interview is to be prepared for any possibility.

If you take efforts to prepare thoroughly for the interview, and you have covered all the aspects of the company and the role you’re applying for, you will be confident about bagging the job. Having said that, all companies vary and have different requirements, this is where a good head-hunter or a recruiter steps in. They can help you to provide a clear outline of all the doubts you may have.

We have circled out the best recruitment secrets – what head-hunters like and what they don’t! To take advantage of this knowledge, keep reading the article to know the 8 helpful career tips to help you find a head-hunter!

Be Open to New Opportunities-

Be open-minded in choosing with head-hunter that would work the best for you, and politely decline the ones who you think won’t. One of the best ways to find a good head-hunter is through the same way that you would find a job- through networking and online recommendations.

Ask your friends and family if they have worked with a head-hunter in the past, and if they have, how successful the head-hunter in landing them their job was. It is likely that people will share their bad experiences as well, so you can know which recruiter won’t be the best fit for you.

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And always be decisive. If you feel that the recruiter is not sending your jobs according to your wish, let them know or let them go.

Be Honest-

There is no point in hiding or lying to the person who is trying to get you paced. Make sure you convey to them clearly, what are your objectives, what salary expectations you have, what kind of a work-culture you are looking for, etc. But maybe hold some of the information back if it’s an internal recruiter.

The difference between an external and internal recruiter is that the external recruiter will be motivated to get you a job with high compensation so that their commission is higher. On the other hand, an internal recruiter will try to get you the minimum salary to save their company money.

Never Pay for Anything

Many people fall into scams and end up paying recruiters, desperate to get a job. What most people don’t know is that the head-hunters are already being paid by the employers, thus if a recruiter asks for a fee, simply say no and move on.

Ensure You Clarify All the W’s

During the interview, ensure that the job is exactly what your recruiter described. Confirm and re-confirm the crucial aspects of the role, such as what will your job entail, your responsibilities, your compensation, etc. You don’t want to be stuck in a role you didn’t want, just because you hesitated to ask the right questions at the right time.

While asking questions, don’t just stick to basic ones, but dig a little deeper to get an insight into the company’s wants and needs. Some of them can be-

Why Me?

Finding out what qualities did the head-hunter find in you that made them choose you for the job will help you understand your chances of landing the job. Many recruiters will try to stick you to a job that is not meant for you, just because they want to clear the responsibility off their hands. Thus, knowing what made them think that you might be ideal for the job, can help you realise if it’s the right role for you.

Where Did They Find You?

The answer to this query will give you a clear insight into what’s working in your search for a job. Was it a referral? Or did they find you through online job portals? This will also help you in thanking the referral and further improving your online connections.

Why Is the Company Hiring?

Knowing why the company is hiring can help you draft your interview accordingly. Is the position new or old> If old, why did the former employee leave? Knowing all these answers will give you an upper-hand with the negotiations as well.

What Opportunities Will You Get?

Nowadays people want to keep advancing in their field. Thus, it is crucial to know what kind of opportunities and advancements will you have in your future. There are other questions you must ask- What is the annual turnover of your department? What is the other skill development you can learn?

These questions will help you decide if the company is the perfect fit for you for the long haul.

Maintain Communication & Demand Respect

Remember that you are the source of the head-hunter’s income, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. Having said that, also remember that you are not the only candidate on the head-hunter’s list. A recruiter will show an interest only when they feel they have a good match for your needs.

Don’t pester them by contacting them regularly, as they might get annoyed and cut you off, or even worse, stick you in a job where you don’t belong. Therefore, one of the most essential career tips is that you give them their space since even they rely on you for their commission.

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Play the Field

Don’t sign any contract by the recruiter under any circumstance. By doing so, you will lose control of your own job search. Many times, the recruitment firms also put a clause stating that if you leave the job early, they will still get paid by your wallet.

Additionally, ensure that you maintain control. Don’t completely leave the responsibility up to the recruiter. Keep asking them where all have, they sent your resume and through which portals. Even though they don’t work for you, they want to place you as much as you want to be placed. So, stay in touch and keep asking them for updates.

These all tips will work wonders for you if you are looking to get placed by an external recruiter, whereas if you are getting placed by an internal recruiter, there are some things to keep in mind such as-

Avoid Making Mistakes in Your CV-

One of the most common mistakes made by candidates is sending a CV in the wrong order. Recruiters don’t want to know your entire life history, therefore always start by stating your recent experience and education. A recruiter is more likely to read your CV if it’s structured in a way that can save valuable time.

One of the helpful career tips is to ensure that you state your individual job and role in the CV too. Recruiters have a system to sort the CVs where they search for an industry-related selection of keywords. This will boost the chances of your CV being picked up and read by a recruiter.

When it comes to attaching a photo to your CV, it is industry-specific. But many people take it too lightly and attach their pic with their pets and family, which is NOT acceptable. It sends across a vibe that you are very unprofessional. If you do want to attach a photo, stick to the standard professional photographs, from the waist up, with a plain & neutral background.

Another common mistake that many Candidates do is not putting the correct or updated number on their CVs. Even if they are the ideal candidate, they might miss out on that opportunity just because of this small carelessness. Thus, before sending out your CV, always ensure that all your contact information is correct and updated.

Another useful tip is to ensure that you always send your CV in PDF format. Sending it in an unusual format may make the resume lose its stricture, or might not open at all. Therefore, instead of being fancy, be safe and cautious.

Things to Mention During the Phone Interview

Usually when the head-hunters find a resume impressive, and they think that the candidate will be a good fit for their company, they call the candidate for a short phone interview. Again, different companies have different requirements, so the call can last from 5 mins to 20 mins, depending on the amount of information they need. In regard to your phone call interview, try to keep it on point and crisp.

No one wants to know your entire journey on the phone call. So, try to highlight your achievements and latest experience. The recruiters have already seen your CV so try stating something different on the phone interview. They would want a candidate who is motivated and qualified to fit in the role. Only if the phone interview goes well will the recruiter forward your CV for the next step-the face-to-face interview.

Thus, don’t take the phone interview process lightly, as it is the first step in the interview process.

By following these career tips, you will surely land the job of your dreams! At the end of the day, you want a good job, and the recruiters want a good commission, so everything works out.

To know more about how you can improve the recruitment process as a company, have a look at our Pocket HRMS blogs here.


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