Depending on your personal experience towards headhunters (also known as the recruiters), how you see them may vary. Some who had a relatively good experience towards recruiters may see them as a friend who helped land them a job, if not a gateway to a dream job. Others, however, who did not find the experience to be that good may find recruiters, especially executive recruiters, to be somewhat of a letdown and a catalyst to being a despondent to you as a job seeker.
But what a recruiter really is can be more bewildering to those who are fresh out of school and are trying to land a job for the first time through them. To let you know, however, is that these headhunters you may come across in your search for work is neither a friend nor your ticket to your dream job – at least, it does not work that way.
While much can be said about your credentials and qualifications whether suited to any particular work, sometimes even good candidates for certain positions are not granted for employment simply because they have been ignored or rejected by the recruiter who acts as the intermediary between the company you are applying for, which also happens to be the client that pays the recruiters, and you.
When faced with a recruiter, there is a good chance that you will experience the same. But you do not have to take them personally if you know how headhunters work.
However, there are also the red warnings about recruitment agencies that you should wary of and be completely avoided:
Those that Charges Fees
If you are not to work for abroad and the recruitment agency asks money from you in order to process your papers for potential employment, chances are the jobs you will be offered are low-level jobs you may not even want.
Often, cases such as this occur for people who are desperate enough for jobs who likely prey on you than help you land a job. When faced with such an agency, always read everything on the agreement before signing on anything.
While how headhunters earn an income may vary depending on the business model of the company, there are those who earn on a “commission-basis.” Apart from a fixed salary probably, contingency recruiters earn best when referring potential candidates for job positions and filling in those in volumes. It may sound so good on the part of the recruiter being able to fulfill his or her duties, it does not actually benefit you as a job seeker.
Do not get the wrong idea. Recruiters from a recruitment agency are not necessarily bad people. But how the system works and how they handle things may be is, at least not for many. While this is true for the most parts of the world, the same is also likely true if you are going through executive search in Saudi whose laws may be strict which everyone is abided to follow.
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