QuoteOriginally posted by: phil451Head hunters live or die by placing people.Consequently, your best interest is their best interest.It's not always the case. HH's get money by placing you with *their* job, but their job is not always the most suitable one for you. However, a lot of hiring involves just trivial logistical things, but trivial logistical things can keep you from getting a job.Incidentally, a HH is not the most effective way of finding a job. The most effective way of getting a job is to have a person you know on the inside. It's not that they can or will pull strings. It's that they will give you two crucial bits of information 1) what the job is and 2) what is being done with your resume. You don't even have to know them that well.QuoteThey do not have the time or the inclination to trawl through 100s of CVs. They rely on the headhunter to do the initial selection. Consequently, by a very simple Darwinian process, employers will work with headhunters who understand their business and only provide relevant CVs and those headhunters will survive while the hopeless ones join the ever lengthening job queue.And a lot of this "initial selection" is really silly stuff. For example, if you advertise a job calling for a common lisp programmer, you need to get rid of all of the resumes for people that have zero programming experience at all. Just isolating the resumes for people that have *any* common lisp programming experience will get rid of about 90% the resumes submitted, because when you post a job post online, you will get lots of spam. Also, the HH may have talked to someone that mentioned that they are looking for some common lisp programmer, which is probably not mentioned on the job ad. Most job ads are specifically designed to give as little information as possible about what the job actually involves and what the employer is looking for. That information is given face to face.QuoteGetting a decent job with prospects at an Investment Bank is not easy at the best times. You have to keep at it and at it. You also have to keep on at the headhunters and differentiate yourself to them as they see a lot of CVs. Once a headhunter starts to believe in you as a candidate then he will push you harder.You also have to send out a *LOT* of resumes. With my last job search, I ended up calling about 30 different HH's, and probably ended up sending my resume out to about a hundred. Looking for a job is a full time occupation. I should point out that in no case did I even get a first interview from an online application, and after I got hired I learned why. It's because no one reads them. QuoteFinally, head hunters aren't slow. It is the recruitment process at an IB which is slow. Almost painfully slow at times.There are ways of speeding it up. Once you have a job offer from one IB, other IB's can be amazing quick at acting to push the process. That's one reason to have multiple feelers going out. Once one person wants to hire you, then you end up in a bidding war, which is good for you.QuoteUltimately, it's your decision and you can choose to avoid the headhunter and use the online process. However, in the 25 years that i have worked in the City, i have never known someone get a job that way.Same here. I've not see a single person hired through an online application, and I've never reviewed a resume that got submitted online. I've known lots of people that got hired by mechanisms outside the HH process through either campus recruiting or personal introductions.