Initiating interview process through headhunter or contacts at firms?

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I spent a lot of time networking during college with people at the firms at which I'd like to work.

My question is this: when I am ready to start interviewing, do I reach out to my contacts directly and ask if they have any opportunities I can interview for, or do I inform headhunters of my connections and initiate the interview process through the headhunter?

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Sep 18, 2017

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Sep 23, 2017

Networking never hurts. We get TONS of resumes and often the headhunters will do a culling/screening on their own and only send over a subset of resumes.

Anything you can do to handicap your odds helps. There is no reason not to network.

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Sep 23, 2017

Thanks for your answer. That's good to hear as that's exactly why I've been networking.

What I'm asking though is when I want to interview at a firm, do I email my contact at the firm and ask if they have any job opportunities, or do I tell my headhunter about my contact, and have the headhunter reach out to the firm to initiate the interview process?

Sep 23, 2017
Making Gravy:

Thanks for your answer. That's good to hear as that's exactly why I've been networking.

What I'm asking though is when I want to interview at a firm, do I email my contact at the firm and ask if they have any job opportunities, or do I tell my headhunter about my contact, and have the headhunter reach out to the firm to initiate the interview process?

Case by case..... no one approach. I personally have never gone through a headhunter. I have gotten added to the headhunter list via the firm and may ultimately end up working with them but never start w/ headhunter.

I've also just been in processes via referral or direct reach out. Often times the headhunter contracts have carveouts for firm sourced resumes

Sep 25, 2017