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Old 03-13-2009, 10:40 PM
 
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anyone know of a good engineering headhunter in the huntsville area?Something targeting electrical engineering/security/defense?
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:03 AM
 
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You might give Independent Personnel a call or email. I can recommend Tom Thrailkill. His contact information is: telephone - 2568836511, email - IPCJOBS@knology.net, website - www.independentpersonnel.com (http://www.independentpersonnel.com - broken link)

Good luck!
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:30 PM
 
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You might give Independent Personnel a call or email. I can recommend Tom Thrailkill. His contact information is: telephone - 2568836511, email - IPCJOBS@knology.net, website - www.independentpersonnel.com (http://www.independentpersonnel.com - broken link)

Good luck!

Sounds good--I can't quite figure out from the website, who pays the fee, the employer or employee?
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:51 AM
 
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Why do you need a headhunter these days? Most companies place ads online, either their own websites or professional job seeking sites. For example, I simply put the keyword "engineer" on one of the job website for the huntsville area, and close to 2,000 jobs popped up. If I nail it down to "software engineer", over 1,100 jobs popped up. If I further zero in on "software test engineer", then there are over 600 jobs in the Huntsville area.

But if I search uner "realtor", only 5 job ads come up

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Oh and with "electrical engineer', there are over 428 jobs in the huntsville area. Most hiring companies are well known in the space/ defense sector obviously needing someone with right clearance.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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Headhunters can really help if they are "in" with the HR departments of the big companies. They take a look at your res and determine the best way to make it work for you. The downside is, they make a LOT of money off you under your first contract, until you start working for the company itself, without the headhunter as the middleman. And while you MAY be able to circumvent the headhunter and pass your resume on to the actual company, 9 times out of ten they will not hire you without a middleman protecting them as well. It goes both ways. Try to negotiate as small amount of time as possible working under the headhunter before going contract or perm to the employer, with as much money as you can get out of them. If you're worth your salt and you have good references, the sky CAN be the limit, depending on the employer, of course.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:01 AM
 
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Headhunters can really help if they are "in" with the HR departments of the big companies. They take a look at your res and determine the best way to make it work for you. The downside is, they make a LOT of money off you under your first contract, until you start working for the company itself, without the headhunter as the middleman. And while you MAY be able to circumvent the headhunter and pass your resume on to the actual company, 9 times out of ten they will not hire you without a middleman protecting them as well. It goes both ways. Try to negotiate as small amount of time as possible working under the headhunter before going contract or perm to the employer, with as much money as you can get out of them. If you're worth your salt and you have good references, the sky CAN be the limit, depending on the employer, of course.

Do direct hire head hunters not work with engineers in Huntsville? Back when I had a job I was paid a percentage of the first years salary and that was it. I never employed anyone or rec'd an amount of a contract, but then again, I didn't work with contractors

Seriously, if you want a head hunter, call a few, ask them questions...I would STRONGLY recommend this. I know it sounds silly, but a bad head hunter could hurt you more than help you. Ask them salary questions, see how realistic they are, ask them technical questions, see how much they know(versus throwing you at anything that matches a keyword), ask them how many xyz's(whatever type of engineer you happen to be) they have placed, ask them how many open orders they have for someone in your salary, experience level, ask them how many candidates they have that are in your salary and experience level. Ask them if they deal with HR or directly with hiring managers.

You may or may not get answers to all of these questions, but it is a good place to start. Talk to as many as you need to until you find a fit and remember that even though you aren't paying them, they are working for you and without you they can't get paid.
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