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50. Headhunters find people, not jobs.
One of the greatest frustrations job hunters face is headhunters who won't cooperate. You send your resume to ten headhunters, but none call you. A headhunter calls you once, but never returns your calls. A headhunter recruits you for one position, but doesn't recommend you for others. A headhunter gets you an interview, but doesn't get you hired.

It all sounds pretty nasty and rude, doesn't it? Not when you realize that headhunters aren't in business to find you a job.

Headhunters are paid by companies to track down, find, cajole, seduce, steal and otherwise recruit the best people to fill a particular position. If you are a good potential candidate, the headhunter's job is to find you. Otherwise, he literally has no time for you because he's busy doing his job. It's nothing personal.

When a headhunter finds you, remember that your relationship is based on mutual need. He needs to fill a position, and you want a job. However, the headhunter does not rely on any one candidate to complete his assignment.

Remember that and you can benefit from working with a headhunter without feeling mistreated.

For more on this topic, please see How to Judge A Headhunter and Be Your Own Headhunter.

See also: How to Work with Headhunters: 62 myth-busting answers for fearless job hunters.



















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