What is a headhunter ?

Headhunters refer to job recruiters specializing in finding skilled professionals to match with corporate employment needs. A headhunter can be an independent contractor or an agent of a company, wherein each employee is assigned a particular industry or geographic area.

Companies typically use a headhunter to save time and avoid advertising career openings and sorting through hundreds of applicants. Since this process involves valuable time and money in the part of a company, hiring a headhunting service or independent headhunter to complete the tedious work in the company’s behalf would be more cost-effective. The company pays the headhunter a fee only after the agent has found the right candidate. This fee is usually a percentage of the candidate’s first annual salary.

The headhunter’s fee is usually 50% or more lower than the money a company would be spending in searching and entertaining applicants for a job. As such, once a headhunter delivers a highly skilled professional that fits the job description perfectly, the company builds a long-lasting business relationship with the headhunter. With this set-up, both parties benefit completely, while helping those seeking employment obtain their dream job.

In some cases, the hired recruit shoulders the headhunter’s fee, which  is usually deducted every month’s paycheck for the rest of his or her first year in the new company. Because of this, it is important to identify if your pay would be deducted when using a headhunter. Once you cleared this issue, a headhunter can help you with employment opportunities that you would otherwise miss.

Half of the headhunters work for corporate clients, while the rest help people seeking employment land a job. As such, anyone looking for employment could call up a headhunter and once the agent or agency deems your skills, personality, resume and experience good enough for employment in a particular industry, the agent would set up a phone or on-site interview.

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