There are many misconceptions about headhunters. As a job seeker, it can be frustrating if you expect a headhunter to do certain things and then they don’t. To help clear the air a little, here are 3 things that a headhunter won’t do for you.
- Read between the lines. If you’re not clear about your must haves or absolutely nots, headhunters won’t consider the things that are important to you in their communications with the employer. Don’t make assumptions that either the headhunter simply understands where you’re coming from or that they can decode your round-about way of communicating your priorities. Be clear with salary expectations, benefits, things you will do and aren’t interested in doing in a job, where you will travel and won’t, etc. That way the headhunter can find a good fit or negotiate terms. Oh, and if things change — make sure you let the headhunter know— I’ll reiterate that headhunters are not mind readers.
- Do all the work for you. Job seekers often assume that because a headhunter agrees to meet them, that they will find them a job. This is not the case. A headhunter’s job is to find the right candidate for their client, an employer who is paying for their recruitment services. In some cases, they may present you to other companies as well, but most often that is because they have other clients with similar needs. No headhunter will be able to find a job for every single person who contacts their recruiting firm. If a headhunter is presenting you to an employer for a job (that’s great!), make sure you’re tracking down other job leads as well.
- Tell you what you like to do or what you’re good at. It’s not a headhunter’s responsibility to tell you what career path to pursue, what types of things you like to do, or what you excel at doing. It may be tough, but if you’re struggling with what to do with your life — that’s up to you and only you to figure out. You can talk to friends and family to sort through pros and cons and receive guidance, our you can hire a career coach, but don’t lean on a headhunter. But when you do figure it all out, by all means, give a headhunter a call!