Job Search Help: Ask The Headhunter

Are you on Nick Corcodilos’ newsletter? It’s free, and it’s valuable.  My favorite feature is the question and answer session he puts in every newsletter.  Last week someone asked:

“I used a headhunter to help me fill a position in my group, but it didn’t turn out well. The good news is that the headhunter found us a great candidate, and we made a good offer. But after some back and forth, the candidate decided to take a job at another company. This was our #1 candidate. I stopped working with the headhunter after that because I was pretty upset. Now I’m wondering, did I shoot myself in the foot?”

Is this question relevant to you, as a job seeker?  ABSOLUTELY… you need to understand how recruiters work, what companies think of them, etc.

Normally the questions are from job seekers, like this recent question:

I have had 10 jobs in 12 years. All have been increasing in experience from a lowly copier technician, to parts runner, to computer technician, to part-owner of a company, to service manager with multi-million dollar accounts with 5-10 techs under me, and finally to high-end computer networking engineer for some big companies.

Now I’m looking for a network engineering position in a smaller to medium-sized company. I’ve obtained some software certifications and taken some admin courses. All of my experience is baptism by fire and road-warrior stuff.

The first question out of prospective employers is, “How come you’ve had 10 jobs in 12 years?” I want to shift the focus to what I can do for the company instead of defending my resume, but I am not sure how to go about it.

The questions are from real people with real issues, and Nick’s approach is a no-nonsense, honest, from-the-trenches approach.

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