The Key Differences Between Headhunters and Recruitment Agencies

The job and career field is a competitive one and people seeking work in various fields need all the help they can get, especially in these tough economic times. Two of the main types of assistance job seekers can get in finding work include using headhunters and using employment agencies. There are several differences between the two.

What A Headhunter Does:
The main difference with a headhunter from an agency is that the headhunter works specifically for his clients, also known as the employers or corporations themselves that are looking for highly qualified job candidates. Headhunters are given sets of instructions and directions by their clients regarding the specific qualifications and skill sets that they require their potential candidates to possess. There is nothing generalized about this approach. It’s all extremely specific.

They need to find their clients the perfect job candidates who can step right in from day one and fill the necessary role at a company without much of any training or an internship required at all. They must find these candidates as quickly as possible as well, otherwise the headhunters don’t get paid their fee from their clients. The job candidates never pay a fee to a headhunter. Only the clients or employers do. Headhunters must constantly search out the best of the best for their clients otherwise the clients will lose confidence in them and turn to another headhunting firm if quick and accurate results are not found in a reasonable amount of time, which can be only a matter of weeks for some client-headhunter firm relationships. So headhunters are under a lot more pressure to perform than employment agencies, and that’s one of the main reasons they earn much higher placement fees than agencies.

What An Agency Does:
An agency works primarily for the potential employee or job candidate, not specific companies themselves. They’re not searching for individuals with highly specific skill sets to fit just one or two immediate positions like headhunters are. Agencies work slower and are usually paid much less in terms of their placement fees than headhunters. Employment agencies read resumes and CVs and they look to try as best as they can to match up any qualified candidates with any general openings at employers who have put out listings with them. Moreover, agencies will scour resumes and try to match them to listings but it’s all quite generalized, not specific as it is with headhunters.
There’s much less pressure put on agencies to locate candidates than with headhunters simply because the firms didn’t explicitly hire them out to locate perfect employee matches. An agency, however, doesn’t have an easy time of it just because they can work at a slower and less intense pace. What matters most is that the agency does eventually find a job for as many candidates as possible, but the jobs they find are not always the most perfect matches, and many candidates who eventually get hired can even function at more than one job due to the generality of focus with job agencies.

A recruitment agency article by Dougles Chan – An expert recruitment business adviser that trains individuals on how to start your own employment agency effectively and and grow their business profitability.

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