No, you can’t hire an executive recruiting firm to manage your job search, or “get you a job.” That’s just not what they do.

Recruiting firms usually work on behalf of employers to fill the employers’ open positions.

They don’t work on behalf of the job seeker to make sure they find a job.

The good news is that there are companies you can hire to manage your job search, and help you land your dream job.

We’ll explain how recruiting and search firms work and who you can hire for your job search. Then you can decide the best path for you. 

For clarification purposes, a recruiting firm can also be called an executive search firm, an executive placement firm, or a headhunter. 

The Hiring Company Is The Recruiter’s Client

The most important thing to keep in mind when you work with a recruiting firm is that the hiring company with the job opening is the client. They want their open job filled as soon as possible.

The job seeker is not the client, therefore they are not the main priority of the recruiting firm.

They work with job seekers to fill the positions but are not concerned about making sure the job seeker finds their dream job. That’s just not what they are paid to do.

And recruiters work with hundreds of job seekers in the same boat as you are.

It is important for you to decide whether you want your job search to be done for free, expecting less than impressive results. Or is it more important to invest in your job search, and pay somebody to help you find your dream job?

Working With a Recruiting Firm

If you’d like to work with a recruiting firm, it’s as simple as making a phone call to set up a time to meet with a recruiter.

During your meeting, the recruiter will learn about your background and get to know your job needs. It is unlikely they will have a job you’re interested in on the day of your meeting. The recruiter will contact you when they have a job that seems to be a match with what you are qualified and looking for.

Recruiting firms receive job openings from companies that have positions to be filled. These companies hire the recruiting firm to fill the positions for them. As new job openings come in, recruiters look to the list of candidates they’ve met with and find the best match. 

Often recruiters don’t take the time to follow up with candidates, so you could go weeks before you hear back from your recruiter if they don’t have any jobs that are a match. Remember they are working on behalf of the hiring company, not the job seeker, so they are not obligated to be in contact with you.

There’s no harm in working with recruiting firms to get your name out there. If you do decide to work with a recruiter, we also recommend using more active job search methods as well.

(To begin your research on search firms, check out the Best Executive Search Firms in America.)

Professionally Managed Job Search

Recruiting firms can be the right option for many people. However, there is another option if you’d still like to hire a company to manage your job search.

While a recruiting firm cannot truly manage your job search and are unlikely to find your dream job, you can hire a professionally managed job search firm.

Find My Profession is one of only a few companies that will help you with your entire job search. They are hired by, and work on behalf of, the job seeker, not the hiring companies. 

That is the key difference between this service and a recruiter.

They can focus on finding your dream job, not filling someone else’s open job. 

The services that are offered with Find My Profession’s Career Finder include:

  • Searching for relevant jobs that match your profile
  • Completing applications with a customized resume for you
  • Networking on your behalf to arrange interviews and meetings
  • Preparing you for your interviews

Find My Profession works for you, the job seeker, which means their goal is to help you find a job. You can learn more about Career Finder here.

Career Coaches Are a Potential Alternative

Another option for your job search is to hire a career coach. A career coach is someone that you would hire to help coach you about the interview process.

A career coach provides advice, support, and guidance. They determine the right strategies to use for your job search. And they provide you with a plan to help you stay on track.

Career coaches will offer you suggestions for how to find a job and do well in an interview, but they will not manage the job search process for you. You will still be doing most of the work, and there is no guarantee that they will find you a job.

While career coaches are usually not free like a recruiting firm would be, they are a good alternative for job seekers who don’t mind taking on most of the work of their job search.

(If you are interested in career coaching, Best Executive Career Coaches is a good place to start.)

Key Takeaways

You cannot hire a recruiting firm to manage your job search. Recruiters don’t get hired by job seekers.

You can, however, hire different services to help with your job search. There are services available that can take care of the tasks of your job search for you, or provide coaching to get you on the right path.

Whichever route you decide on, best of luck to you!