Do you know the headhunters?

To recruit certain profiles, traditional HR recruitment methods are no longer sufficient. More and more companies are now choosing to hire headhunters.

What is a headhunter?

The “ headhunter “, or head hunter , differs from the recruitment consultant by its research methodology. The classic approach goes from the candidate to the employer. The candidate sends his application, in which he mentions his skills and motivation.

Unlike the recruitment consultant , the head hunter approaches the professionals in post directly, who are not necessarily candidates at the time of the connection. His mission is to find the best possible candidate for a client company.

The head hunter can be part of an external recruitment firm, a consulting firm specializing in recruitment advice or freelance.

Why do companies hire a headhunter?

Companies generally call on headhunters because they do not have an internal service, or because they struggle to recruit good profiles by traditional means (advertisements on the Internet, in the press or at Pôle Emploi ). They are particularly useful for recruiting profiles in high demand in certain sectors (IT for example), or very qualified.

However, some companies choose a mixed approach: they publish ads and use a headhunter in parallel.

What are the methods of a headhunter?

The first mission of a headhunter is to identify precisely the needs of a business. Then he identifies the most competent professionals within companies and contacts them by direct approach: executive search.

Headhunters make sourcing on job boards, and use different channels: social networks, alumni directories, CV databases, but also congresses and trade fairs.

How to get spotted by headhunters?

Here are some simple tips if you want to get spotted by headhunters:

  • think about the most qualified keywords for your profile , especially in job titles. Remember to specify your industry.
  • plan the answer to the most frequently asked questions by headhunters: salary expectations, ideal position, mobility …
  • maintain your network . Keep good relations with all your managers and employees: they are a privileged point of contact for headhunters.

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