What Can A Headhunter Do To Improve My Job Search?


By Rhys Metler, Toronto Sales Recruiter

Today’s job market is more competitive than ever. The growing demands of technology and specialization create new challenges for many job seekers.  Job searching is very different than it was as recently as 5 or 10 years ago.  The most successful job seekers are now utilizing a multipronged approach that provides access to more opportunities than you can find on a job board or company website.

The following is a breakdown of how working with a headhunter will improve your job search by diversifying and amplifying your search strategy and accessing hidden markets.

Diversify and Amplify your Job Search Strategy

Job Searching Takes A Lot Of Time And Effort – Let A Headhunter Help

We have all heard the cliché “searching for a job is a full time job itself”.  It’s true!  In order to execute a highly successful job search, you will need to use a variety of different channels to research, network, send resumes and follow-up on various opportunities.  This will require a great deal of time and effort and will be an ever bigger challenge if you are working and job searching at the same time.

Headhunters Add Valuable Insight To Your Job Search 

Savvy headhunters are connected, well informed and professional career consultants.  Headhunters can provide real-time market feedback and valuable insight on employment trends. In addition, headhunters are personally connected to many senior hiring managers who have direct decision making authority. And the best part for you as a candidate – there’s no cost to you! The employer is responsible for the fees.

Don’t rely solely on a headhunter to find your next career.  You will need to put in a lot of hard work and effort to find the right job for you. Incorporating the expertise of an experienced headhunter will help to diversify and amplify your search strategy.

Headhunters Provide Access To The Hidden Job Market

hidden job market accessed by headhunters

Be Proactive With A Headhunter

Most organizations are always on the lookout for top talent and trying to find ways to improve their workforce. Unfortunately for candidates, hiring managers have a full plate of responsibilities in addition to recruitment and cannot afford to spend a large amount of time on active recruitment.

A good headhunter is well connected and may request to send your resume to a few select clients – even if they are not managing an active search. This doesn’t guarantee that your headhunter will find a new job for you, but it certainly increases the effectiveness of your search.

Headhunters Have Access To Jobs That Are Not Advertised

Not all career opportunities are advertised to the general public.  Some companies rely on a headhunter to manage 100% of the process from start to finish.  There are also several reasons that a search may be classified as “confidential” and the only way you can learn about these roles is by knowing and being connected to the right headhunter.

Research and reach out to headhunters that specialize in industries or positions that you are most interested in.  Over time, you will build a solid stream of new career opportunities delivered right to you inbox via the hidden job market.

There is no easy way to find your next dream job. You will spend time and effort in researching, developing a search strategy, executing and following up with potential employers.  You should never rely 100% on a headhunter to find you a new job, but partnering and networking with an experienced headhunter will increase the odds of finding an excellent career opportunity that you could not have otherwise identified on your own.

For more tips about what  headhunters can do for job seekers, check out our other Hiring a Headhunter blog posts where common questions are answered by our Toronto headhunters.  Also check out Toronto Sales Recruiter Rhys Metler’s other blog posts and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Are you considering hiring a headhunter to assist your business in acquiring top talent?  Learn what a headhunter can do for your business.


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