It's simple but not easy: The way to find a good headhunter is to put yourself in places where headhunters will find you.
Headhunters don't exist to get you a job. You as a job-hunter can't hire a headhunter. Headhunters work for employers—it's important to remember that's where their paycheck comes from and that's where their loyalties lie. Many headhunters won't even take calls from job applicants.
All this means that not only do you need to be good at what you do, you need to be visible while doing it. How can headhunters know how wonderful you are if they don't even realize that you exist?
Fortunately, being visible is not difficult. Some ideas:
Karen Burns, Working Girl, is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, to be released by Running Press in April 2009. She blogs at karenburnsworkinggirl.com.
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