How to work with headhunters effectively? Follow the tips below and you will be on your way to cultivating meaningful business association.
1. Treat it as a friendship first, and a business transaction second
Treat your relationship with a headhunter as a casual friendship first, and not as a mean of business transaction.
Just like you, there are all human beings and they deserve to be treated like human. While putting job opportunities at the back of mind, build a positive aura around your relationship. Give due respect, and in return, you shall be respected.
2. Expect a job opportunity, but don’t make it a must
In an ideal world, every job candidate hooked up with a headhunter is bound to have a job offered eventually. In reality, that doesn’t happen too often. So, while you’re pinning hope that the headhunter next door would be able to land you some good opportunities, don’t make it a compulsory thing. A headhunter is your source of lead – he may not give you job but don’t underestimate his wealth of network.
Don’t ring the headhunter and start antagonizing him just because you’ve been waiting for too long for any good opportunity. If you do, you’ll be putting your relationship with them in jeopardy.
3. Know your limit and boundary
Treating the headhunter as a friend does not mean calling him or her every other day to tell them you’re still breathing and that you’re still looking for jobs. Also, don’t waste your time “building a relationship” by confiding in him the personal problem you’re having with the tea lady in the office. Stop calling your headhunter at insane hours. There are also some ‘smart’ candidates who go overboard by offering their headhunter goodies which belong to the company, and not their own. Don’t overdo it.
4. Prepare to ‘dump’ your headhunter
The last time when a headhunter promised you to call you at a certain time, did he actually give you that call? During your conversation with the headhunter, do you feel that you’re being attended in professional manner? Did he give you the “I am busy – will call you back” tone every time you tried to have a discussion with him? You should know better when to dump them.
5. Keep the relationship long term
There are candidates who are still in contact with headhunters even though it’s been years the first time they were in touch. These people know the value of network, and they realize opportunities do not only come in the form of job offers. Perhaps the two of you share many common things together and who knows in the future you decide to partner up with each other and embark on a new, successful venture.