You might have snagged your first job by spamming job ads on online job portals, or asking your parents to pull some strings. But at some point in your career, you will realise that using a headhunter or recruitment agency is a lot easier and less time-consuming than making individual applications.
This usually happens once you’ve amassed enough experience to have companies come knocking on your door, instead of the other way around.
Once it comes to more senior or highly-paid positions, companies prefer to handpick candidates rather than put out a job ad. Job ads attract all kinds of candidates, and looking for the right person is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
So, many companies would rather engage a job agency (more commonly known as headhunter) to find the best talent for the position.
As a prospective employee, going through a recruitment agency is a way to cut through the noise and get you noticed more quickly by the company you want to be in. The recruiter or headhunter will tidy up your resume, tailoring it to what each employer wants.
Good headhunters can also give you inside info on what the employer is looking for, and offer advice for the interview. They’ll also try to make you sound good, since it’s in their best interests to close the deal and get you hired.
Best of all, recruiters are usually free to use. It is the employer who will have to pay them a commission when you get hired. If a recruiter tries to charge you a fee, look elsewhere. Below are 10 recruitment agencies in Singapore to consider when you’re on the market for your next job: