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Should you hire one? Simply put, if you’re sending out a large number of resumes but not getting any interviews it is time to hire a professional resume writer.
What to look for? Find someone who will spend time interviewing you and helping you decide what to include on your resume. If they simply ask you to fill out a form without a live conversation, find someone else. Also ask about fees up front and be sure you understand what is included.
What do they do? Headhunters (sometimes called Recruiters) match employment opportunities to available candidates. Headhunters generally have a good knowledge of companies they represent and can pre-screen potential candidates, saving both employer and job hunter time.
Should you hire one? Using a headhunter is a good idea if you have a very specific skill set that companies may not advertise. Headhunters are also very useful if you are conducting a passive job search and just want to stay aware of openings in your field.
What to look for? The key thing to remember about headhunters is they work for person who pays them (sounds obvious doesn't it?). If a headhunter is being paid by hiring company (and they often are) keep that in mind as you listen to their advice. If you are paying a headhunter, know what you're paying for. Do they charge a flat fee or a percentage of your first year's salary? If you find a job without their help, do you still have to pay fee?
Myrtis Smith is the founder of Premeditated Life. At Premeditated Life we have one focus - Your Career. As a career coach I offer a variety of services designed to improve your professional skills, support you in your career goals and transitions, and empower your job search. For a FREE Career Assessment contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org