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
Remember that and you
can benefit from working with a headhunter without feeling
For more on this topic, please see How
to Judge A Headhunter and Be Your Own
See also: How
to Work with Headhunters: 62 myth-busting answers for fearless job