How to Recruit a Recruiter: Where Can I Meet Headhunters?

December 23rd, 2015

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By Bruce Powell, Founder & Executive Recruiter

So, you want to hunt the hunters in the job market? It’s a great strategy for job seekers to get on a recruiter’s radar. However, the burning question is, “Where can I meet headhunters?”

It’s a great question, and the answer is that you can find top quality recruiters in more ways that most realize. The following outlines where to meet recruiters and ways job seekers can get on their radar.

4 Effective Ways to Meet Recruiters

1. Tap your network

Most people know someone who has used a recruiter in the past. Start your search by talking to some of your colleagues to see who they have used and the experiences they had with the recruiter.

2. Do a Google search

Search

Simply typing “Toronto headhunter” or “Recruiters in Toronto” into Google search can generate thousands of results. For more specific results, make sure to include your industry in your search term. For example, if you are in marketing, you may type, “Marketing recruiter in Toronto.”

3. Get on LinkedIn

Recruiters live on LinkedIn. You should have no problem finding recruiters with whom to connect on LinkedIn. Keep in mind, it’s important to work with recruiters who fill positions within your industry.

4. Attend networking events

Meeting people and attending networking events is a great way to meet recruiters, other professionals, and connect with companies that are hiring.

Headhunter Job Interview

How to Get a Headhunter’s Attention

Connecting with a headhunter is one thing, but getting their attention is important if you want them to help you with your job search. Here are some effective ways to get a headhunter’s attention:

  • Work on your online presence
  • Hand out those business cards
  • Be visible and social (online and offline)
  • Make it known that you are looking
  • Be active in your industry by contributing to associations, blogging, and sharing content on social media
  • Build a good reputation in your industry
  • Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Be active in LinkedIn groups and be part of the conversation

 

Once you get a recruiter’s attention, it’s important to put your best foot forward, act professionally, and work collaboratively with them to find potential positions.

Learn more about the value of using a headhunter for your job search by reading:

4 Telltale Signs of a Good Recruiter

5 Myths About Engaging a Headhunter

What Can A Headhunter Do To Improve My Job Search?

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.