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I'm still unemployed - Should I go to a headhunter?
I’ve been unemployed for several months, and I’m having trouble finding a job. Where can I find a headhunter?
Well, you can Google “headhunters in my area,” but that may not have the effect you hope for.
Many people don’t realize that headhunters don’t work for the job seeker; they work for a company. So their goal is not so much to find you a job; their goal is to fill an opening for the employer. If your current experience demonstrates that you can do that better than anyone else they can find, great; but if not, they’re on to the next candidate very quickly.
Most headhunters also work for companies in a particular industry, not for just anybody. You may be supremely qualified, but if you’re in a different field, the headhunter will not be interested. They would be interested in you only if you were doing the same work, or something very similar to the job they’re trying to fill. You’d also have to be able to demonstrate your track record in that field.
In addition, headhunters are not outplacement companies, career counselors or staffing agencies (temp companies.) Those organizations will focus on you, the job seeker, and helping you find the right position. Headhunters specialize in employed job seekers with the specialized skills they can present to their actual clients: companies who are trying to fill very specific jobs.
However, Frederick County Workforce Services can help you find a job. We’re not a placement agency either; we don’t say, “Here, go do this job in that place.” We help you decide what job is right for you and figure out how to get it, possibly providing training along the way. Let us know if you’d like us to help.