Head Hunters

Head hunters are recruiters that fill open positions for companies. They either work directly for a company, finding the perfect candidates for open jobs, or they work for staffing firms. Head hunters must thoroughly understand each company they are working for, along with the open job positions, in order to successfully fill the positions. Head hunters, also called recruiters, have earned the name "head hunters" because they are considered to be very aggressive and audacious.

Head hunters have two main responsibilities. One part is visiting businesses to learn about their needs. Another part is meeting with prospective employees. People looking for jobs often call head hunters, in order to hire them to arrange jobs for them that would be ideal for their skills and qualifications. Their job is to match up a worker with a company; ensuring it is an ideal match.

To be a head hunter, a person must possess certain skills. Two important skills a head hunter must have are self-motivation and persistence. Without these skills, a head hunter might not be very successful in his job. Another important quality required for this job is good communication and negotiating skills. When a head hunter finds a good match for an open job, he must negotiate between the employee and the employer regarding the details of this position, primarily salary issues. To be effective at this, the head hunter must be knowledgeable in the job market, industry and location. In addition to these skills, he must also be persuasive, patient, confident and have an eye for judging a person's skills and character.

Compensation for head hunters comes primarily from commission payments. Without matching up people with open jobs, there is no commission. Aggressive head hunters, who are effective at their jobs, can earn up to $85,000 a year; while those that are not as aggressive may earn in the low $20,000s. Head hunters working for staffing firms are often paid a flat salary plus commission; while a freelancing head hunter works on commission only.

Hiring a head hunter is often beneficial for many companies. It eliminates the need for a company to spend time finding the best employees for open jobs. A company relies on the recruiter to fill the position, and pays the recruiter for the services. A head hunter has an incentive to work hard to find the right match because if he does, the company is likely to rehire him for his services in the future.

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'Head hunters must thoroughly understand each company they are working for, along with the open job positions, in order to successfully fill the positions.'