First, we are trained in highly technical, narrow fields.It is hard to match those skills with jobs in other areas. Instead of spending the night out on a date, you are home, surfing the Web, and wondering how on Earth you will ever be able to find that perfect someone to share your life with.
Like dating services, employment agencies help clients determine what sort of job they might be attracted to.(Most headhunters make a commission based on the salary of the people they place, so more senior people = higher salary.) Many young scientists ask me if using a headhunter would be a good strategy.I find that it depends greatly on one's background and the position being sought.In the case of personal ads, you only have to go out on one date to see if the person is a possibility.But, as they say, you have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a prince. Although a résumé bank may hook you up with a potential employer, you still have to go through some careful research to find out if the opportunity and the organization is right for you.The same challenges, and choices, exist for people who are trying to find a new job.In fact, job hunting is more like dating than it is like, say, applying to grad school.However, before you go off and sign up with them, you should think about the analogy to dating. As most of you have learned from Dave Jensen's columns, a headhunter is a person who is hired by companies to find good people.Most headhunters are employed not by the job seeker but by the company, and many specialize in finding senior managers and leaders.People who have done the personal ad thing may tell you the same thing! Instead of three lines in a personal ad, you have a single page to summarize your qualifications, experience, and potential.And, like the personal ads, you have NO IDEA who may be reading your stuff.