Recruiters and job coaches
A recruiter or a job coach can offer valuable career assistance.
A recruiter, also sometimes known as a headhunter, is hired by employers to find qualified candidates for job openings. Professional recruiters have an established network of business contacts from which they can learn about leads and vacancies that have not been advertised publicly.
Since recruiters often work with the same hiring managers over an extended period of time, they may have insights into those employers that are otherwise difficult to learn. Not only do they understand the job requirements of a position or company, they know the personalities involved and what they like or dislike in prospective hires. They also know the company culture, and can steer you towards employers that will be a good fit, and away from a bad match.
When selecting a recruiter, it's important to work with someone who is an expert in his or her field. For example, recruiters may specialize in certain professions such as accounting and finance, information technology, or executive management. A recruiter who works with companies in your profession will be better positioned to understand your career goals and the needs of potential employers.
A recruiter can also serve as a job coach, providing feedback on your resume, interviewing skills, and general career advice. You might also find a job coach who focuses solely on career and job searching advice, without providing specific job leads. A job coach can provide in-depth feedback on how you present yourself to employers and on how you can advance in your career. He or she may provide mock interview services and can provide guidance for salary negotiations. While a recruiter is paid by the employer when their job candidate is hired, a job coach is usually paid by the individual.
Tip: Explore freelance work
Freelancing can provide several benefits while you search for your next permanent job. Taking freelance or temporary assignments keeps money coming in and keeps your skills sharp. Having these assignments on your resume also lets prospective employers know that you are motivated and focused on your career goals. Finally, there is always the chance that impressing the boss during freelance work could lead to a permanent job offer!