What role will executive recruiters play in my job search?
Recruiters are used by employers to fill specific job vacancies. They are tasked with sourcing candidates that meet their client’s detailed requirements. Recruiters are nicknamed ‘headhunters’ because they are actively seeking or hunting for the ideal candidates for the client companies they represent.
Contingency-based executive recruiters only get paid when they successfully place a candidate with an employer. Retained recruiters are paid on an assignment basis, but to maintain a long-term relationship with a client they also need to produce results. Both types of recruiters are constantly on the lookout for candidates who will make a strong impression with their clients.
Although you will want to include working with executive recruiters in your job search, you shouldn’t rely on an executive recruiter to find you a job, since that isn’t their responsibility. Executive recruiters spend their time finding candidates to fill job vacancies, not finding a job for a job seeker. The client they serve is not you, but rather the company that pays their fees.