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5 Reasons Job Seekers Should Use A Recruiter

A headhunter's support could improve your chances of getting hired

By Kristen Fischer - May 23, 2011

Whether you're desperate for work or you just want to consider a job change, working with a headhunter may be the way to go.

A headhunter is someone paid by a company to source candidates -- in other words, a recruiter. Typically, people think that headhunters are only used for executive-level and upper-management roles, but that's not always the case, says Pamela Claughton, president and principal recruiter at Custom Search Group. "Even if you are mid-level or even entry-level, you should still get your resume to several headhunters because you never know," she notes.

Using a headhunter lets you cut in line, so to say, to get directly in front of a hiring manager. "If I tell a hiring manager they have to see a candidate of mine, they will schedule an interview," Claughton says. "There's a level of trust there with many of my clients. They know if I say someone is good, they are good."

But Caroline Cenza-Levine, a former recruiter and career coach with Six Figure Start, isn't as optimistic that headhunters are a huge help to job-seekers -- a candidate may not receive VIP treatment unless they stand out. "Recruiters like to find their candidates, not the other way around," she notes. "Unsolicited candidates are automatically a red flag because if you're so good, we would have heard of you already."

Whether you approach a headhunter or one comes to you, there are certainly advantages to using one. So, when is it a good time to get in on all the perks that headhunters have to offer?

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