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Headhunting for freshers

PEOPLE - the most valuable resource in today's fast-paced corporate world. The present recruitment scenario is witness to the expertise of executive research firms, better known as headhunters. However even the top companies started off small and there's room for the lone entrepreneur too!

Headhunters have established themselves as a valuable link in the employment chain. Various companies and firms have chosen to enhance their human resource by using the expertise that headhunters bring to recruitment. The boom in the headhunting industry can be attributed to the headhunter's superior understanding of the industry and market norms, job profiles, people skills etc. By virtue of their aggressive networking and people skills, headhunters today have created a niche for themselves. Increasing staff turnover rates have served to propel the headhunting industry to a high demand, high delivery industry. So to join or start a much-needed service like this what does one need to be successful? The pointers below will help in better understanding of the do's and don'ts of the business.

It is imperative to have an in-depth specialised knowledge of the industry, the job requirements, work culture, HR policies etc. This is the reason most headhunters work within well-defined niches and offer their services in specialised industries. A good grasp of the various problems and issues that plague the market, is essential

Every new search assignment that a headhunter takes up involves sifting the grain from the chaff. In other words, it calls for pre-screening numerous candidates for a job. This is where the headhunter's ability to probe beyond the superficial, comes to the fore. Piloting the right person to the right job calls for a specialised screening of the aptitude and skills of the candidates to ensure the selection of high-value performers.

Several factors need to be considered. The headhunter takes into consideration the candidate's values, job preferences, skills, background, family commitments etc. These are the guiding parameters by which the headhunter analyses the candidate's suitability to the requirements of the recruiter. The main objective should not be to generate short-term employment but to bridge the demand-supply gap. Ethical headhunting calls for a sense of integrity.

The headhunter should guide the candidates in interview handling skills.

The headhunter plays an important role in negotiations regarding salary and other benefits.

A headhunter stakes his reputation on the competencies of his candidate. A headhunter's responsibility does not merely end once the candidate is hired. Good follow up with the company is a value-added service that can give a headhunter an edge and help in striking a long-term relationship with the company.

With a clear understanding of the above, a headhunter can be tuned to success in the corporate scenario. The headhunter charges a commission from the company per hire but also owes loyalty to the candidate. Hence, it is vital for him to help the candidate find a fulfilling and rewarding job.

The intense competition in the recruitment procedures has led to several headhunters working round the clock. To sum up, it is not only about skills, but also about being in the right place at the right time. In other words, a true headhunter is one who finds the right peg for the right hole.

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