Dear Alex: I’ve been told to use a headhunter for my job search, but no headhunters are calling me. Should I look for one, and how?
In general, I don’t think headhunters are that helpful for candidates in their twenties with minimal job experience. However, if you have highly specialized expertise or a rare skill set that’s in demand (for example, you are a database designer), a headhunter may be able to help you find the right position.
How can you choose a headhunter who will work effectively for you? If you are seeking employment in a specific industry, consider using a headhunter who works in that industry. If you belong to a professional association they may be able to provide a list of recruiters. Use recruiting online directories to generate a list of recruiters. The Recruiters Online database is searchable by over 150 specialties, as well as by location and keyword. Jobfactory also has listings by career field, while i-Recruit.com has a directory of recruiters listed by specialty and by location.