The simple answer is yes, you can pay someone to find you a job.
There are companies and individuals that will help you with certain aspects of the job search. You can work with managed job search professionals, staffing agencies, recruiters, headhunters, career coaches, and others.
The job search process can feel like a job all on its own. It is a long and exhausting process that many people don’t have time for, don't have experience with, or simply do not enjoy doing. When you need a job as soon as possible, it’s even more stressful.
Quality job searching takes time. It takes knowing how to make a great resume, how to appropriately network, and how to find and apply to the right jobs. Then you need to be able to successfully interview once you get your foot in the door.
All of this can seem overwhelming to someone whose profession is, well.... anything other than job searching. Don't worry. We've got your back. In this article, we will explain some options that can ease your mind while also providing you with more freedom to do the things you love.
Who Can You Pay to Find a Job?
First of all - let's get one thing straight. There are very few companies (if any) who are going to ask you to write them a check and as a result, they will 100% guarantee you a new job.
I'd be wary of any company that 'guarantees' employment. Read the fine print!
There are however companies out there that can assist with your job search and play a key role in finding your next job.
As a job seeker, it's important for you to know exactly what resources you have available, and which ones will be best for your unique situation.
Here are the types of people you can work with to find a job:
- Job Search Managers (Paid)
- Career Coaches (Paid)
- Resume Writers (Free/Paid)
- Recruiters & Headhunters (Free)
Of course, there are pros and cons to using each type of service.
You might be surprised to hear exactly how these services can help you. We'll talk about that next.
Job Search Managers (Perform Tasks For You)
These are the people we suspect you are really trying to find! They take care of the job search process for you. Pay a fee, and have the work done for you. This is a great option for professionals who don’t have the time, patience, or know-how for a full-fledged job search.
These professionals do not get paid by companies or hiring managers. They actively work on behalf of you, the job seeker, which means they are working in the best interest of their clients.
You could hire a professional job search manager to:
- Search for the right jobs for you
- Apply to jobs for you
- Digitally network for you
- Prepare you for interviews
There are companies that provide varying levels of this type of assistance. Some companies will fill out applications for you as an a la carte service, while others will provide more complete concierge-type services.
An example of a fully managed job search service is Find My Profession’s Career Finder. After your marketing materials are updated, your dedicated job search manager will find jobs for you based on your criteria, apply to the jobs that you approve, network on your behalf, and make sure you’re prepared for your interviews.
Professional job search managers offer the most complete services if you are looking to hire someone to find you a job. While some job search services are free, this one will definitely come with a price tag as the work is being done for you.
Career Coaches (Actionable + Mindset)
Did you know that there are two different kinds of career coaches?
Most people think of career coaches as individuals who do nothing more than provide general advice and suggestions on how to stay positive throughout the job search.
While this is an accurate description of some career coaches, it is not true for most of them.
There are actionable career coaches who will actually show you exactly how to find a job. There are also mindset career coaches whose main goal is to help improve your attitude to endure a lengthy and sometimes depressing job search.
Actionable Career Coaches
Actionable career coaching services come in many different shapes and sizes.
You could hire an actionable career coach to help with:
- Resume & cover letter writing
- Discovering the right career
- Job search strategies
- Networking strategies
- Interview preparation
- Salary negotiation
While actionable career coaches will not usually guarantee a job as a result of their services, there are many excellent career coaches out there who can make a big difference.
Find My Profession is so confident in their actionable career coaching strategies that they actually offer a satisfaction guarantee. If you aren't satisfied with the coaching you received, they will refund you the difference so that you only pay what you think the training is worth.
Actionable career coaches are great for job seekers who need tangible strategies to improve their chances of getting hired.
Actionable career coaches are not great if all you are looking for is a little boost of encouragement. That's where mindset career coaches come in.
Mindset Career Coaches
Mindset career coaching services take a slightly different approach to help with your job search. Rather than teaching you how to do the work, mindset career coaches help provide encouragement and act as a sounding board during the process.
You could hire a mindset career coach to:
- Vent about your struggles finding a job
- Improve your overall mindset
- Receive perspective from an outside party on issues
- Improve presentation skills and mental roadblocks
As you can see, mindset career coaches are more focused on your overall mental health. Rather than teaching you actionable strategies to land a job, they teach you the appropriate attitudes in order to be successful in a potentially long-term job search.
Resume Writers (Most Common)
When it comes to paying someone to find a job, resume writers are usually the first people that come to mind. Resumes are considered by many to be the most fundamental part of a job search. After all, without a resume, it would be hard to fill out a job application.
Resume writers all have at least one thing in common. They write resumes. However, that would be like saying all humans have one thing in common. We have legs.
Resume writers are not all the same. In fact, they are very unique. Writing resumes that actually get results requires a thorough understanding of your work. If one resume writer has written 100 sales resumes, but 0 finance resumes, then that person really would not be very useful.
When you are looking for a resume writer, check for three easy things:
- Do they have experience writing resumes in your line of work?
- Are they willing to work with you to make edits/revisions?
- How is their online image (reviews?)
By doing the basics above, you will save yourself countless headaches and disappointments.
Resume writers really do play a huge role in helping people find jobs. Whether you hire a professional to write your resume or use a free resume builder website, you are much better off with a resume than without one.
Recruiters & Headhunters (Free Option)
If you’re looking for free help finding a job, you will probably want to work with a recruiter or headhunter.
A lot of people think that recruiters and headhunters are totally different jobs. They really are not.
Difference Between a Recruiter and a Headhunter
The main difference between a recruiter and a headhunter is that a headhunter usually is recruiting for senior-level or executive roles.
If you are a senior-leader, executive, or C-suite candidate you are much more likely to come across headhunters than if you were just graduating from college.
Different Types of Recruiters
There are two main types of recruiters. Most recruiters are either corporate recruiters (working directly for the hiring company) or staffing agency recruiters (working for a third-party company - retained by the hiring company).
All recruiters have one thing in common. Their job is to find the best candidates for the specific job they have been assigned to hire for.
That's where you come in...
How Headhunters and Recruiters Help Find Your Job
If you want a free option and have a little bit of time to invest in the process, it never hurts to get in touch with some local recruiters and headhunters.
Decide what kind of job you are looking for, what location(s) you are open to, what compensation you are looking for, etc.
With this information, you can do a Google or LinkedIn search to find recruiters in your area.
Come up with a compelling message to send these recruiters - letting them know a little bit about yourself, and the other details mentioned above about your job requirements.
While this option is free, it is also usually the least effective. Since recruiters and headhunters get paid by the hiring company, there is very little incentive for them to go out of their way to help you find a job.
However, there is no doubt that recruiters and headhunters do help people find jobs. If you happen to have the background and experience that a recruiter is looking for, then you can guarantee they will be more than happy to help you get that job. It's in both of your best interests to land you that job.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, yes, you can pay someone to help you find a job. Professional job search managers, career coaches, and resume writers are currently the best options.
Recruiters and headhunters provide a great free alternative if you just need some extra eyes and ears out there passively looking for you.
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