I'm curious what bad experiences some of you have had (or for that matter any good experiences). For those of you who would never use a head hunter, why not? I don't switch jobs very often, but if I would it would be good to know what the rest of you think about headhunters
I'm a contractor myself and have always gone through headhunters. I've tried going on my own a couple of times and nothing has come out of it. As much as I don't like sharing part of the rate with them, they're the ones finding me the cool gigs and cutting my checks every two weeks, so it's hard to complain.
So I guess to reiterate Jason's question, those people that don't use headhunters, how do you do it? How do you manage to find good work for good money, and ensure that you're getting payed on a regular basis?
Recruiters, as a breed, are in the same strata as lawyers and used car salesmen.
As you might guess, I've some bad experiences:
On one occasion, a recruiter wanted me to sign a contract saying that I was _personally_ responsible for refunding his fee to the company (25% of the gross salary!) if I didn't stay with the job for a year. I'm not a big fan of indentured servitude, so I passed on the offer.
On more than one occasion, I've answered an ad for a good-sounding job and found that the job opening didn't actually exist -- it was simply a teaser to attract resumes, and the address listed was a recruiter's. Armed with my resume, the recruiter then proceeded to hound me for several weeks with substandard job openings. I'm told this is common practice.
I imagine that there are some ethical head hunters out there -- but I haven't met one yet. All I can say, is caveat emptor.
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