The title is "caveman / cavewoman" speak for one of the most common questions / requests I get from people looking for a new job.
Here's how it goes:
Them: Hi Kelly: I'm wondering if you can introduce me to some headhunters. Can you help me?
Me: Well, not a fan of the term "headhunter" as it strikes me with primitive and barbaric images of scalping and what not. BUT, I do know plenty of people that recruit. Why might I ask are you interested in meeting these people?
Them: I'm in the process of looking for a new job and want to find a (headhunter) recruiter to help me do that.
Me: Gotcha. Here's the thing, recruiters actually work for their company and/or clients to find people that fit open positions. Helping people find jobs is not what recruiters are paid to do. And, those that do expect pay to do such a thing probably should be avoided as they are likely unscrupulous and sketchy.
Them: Oh I see. (sounding totally dejected and assuming I have no idea what I'm talking about).
Me: Well, is there anything I can do to help? Are there any questions I can answer about your situation? If anything comes to mind, please feel free to get back in touch.
Them: Ok thanks. (thinking what a waste of time. I can't believe she won't give me names of recruiters to help me find a job. What a B....!)
I don't know about you all, but I get a wave of deja vu every time this happens. Which is ALL. THE. TIME.
Oh yes. At least 3 times a week. I especially love the random linkedin invites asking if I "have any jobs" for them. Like I just have a bunch of jobs, lined up on a shelf. Oh, here's one! Would you like it? No? Here try this one!
Yeah, that's what recruiters do. Sigh.
Headhunter is old school for 'you're so awesome everyone is going to want you!'. Times have changed and not everyone understands how the market has changed. Still around is the throwback notion you can just walk into a 'temp' company and they have a rolodex of companies to send you to tomorrow.
We keep educating people...every day....every. single. day...... :)
Thanks, Linda . It's been my impression tor a very long time: "If you need one you can't get one, and if you get one, you don't need one."
I made a great amount of money taking great candidates and finding them jobs....just saying.
Me, three, Noel.
Every once in a while someone in one of my niches is floating around for some reason and it is almost like free candy since I did not have to find them and almost anyone in my niche would be glad to hire them.
Very interesting topic. In my opinion it's always good to try and help, if possible. However, managing people's expectations and explaining to what degree you might actually be able to help is very important.
Ionut:"However, managing people's expectations and explaining to what degree you might actually be able to help is very important."
In my experience, there are three types of candidates:
1) They're not fit for anything except being used for organ transplants.
2) They're not fit for anything except being ground up into pet food.
3) The remaining few you MIGHT be able to help in some way...