Re: QUESTION: headhunter etiquette

Subject: Re: QUESTION: headhunter etiquette
From: Elna Tymes <etymes -at- LTS -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 11:41:08 -0700

Jacqueline Fry wrote:

> What is the etiquette concerning headhunters (if there is any)?
> Can you be in communication with more than 1 headhunter at a time,
> enlisting them to search out opportunities for you? What if they both come
> to you with the same opportunity?

Headhunters make their money finding and placing candidates like you into jobs
they know about. The only etiquette I know about is that (1) you may have to
use the same one again, so be nice to them all, and (2) be as honest as you can
with them. And then remember that you are a commodity to them, and that it is
in their interest to get the best possible payment as a result of placing you,
as fast as possible.

The agencies may make a big deal in some places about not talking to other
headhunters, but that's mostly an attempt at intimidation. You are free to
talk to as many headhunters as you want. However, realize that if one agency
presents your resume at a company, the client company may get a little confused
if they see your resume coming from another agency. My preference is to find
out where they're presenting you, and do what you can to make sure there aren't
any overlaps. Usually that means first come, first served.

One of the more common ways to get your resume out there is to use the local
boards served by DICE - you upload your material once, select the region(s)
where you're willing to work and other conditions, and let the agencies decide
what they want to do.

Elna Tymes
Los Trancos Systems

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