Hiring a recruiter (also known as a Headhunter) is a great way to boost your salary and find a new job.

Once available only to wealthy executives, professional recruiters are becoming the fastest path to finding a new job. Whether your are a CEO or a Plumber, you can find the big bucks faster by using a recruiter.  Large and small companies hire recruiters to find new employees.  This saves the company vast amounts of time that would be spent sifting through resumes and conducting interviews.  Because the recruiter wants to protect their reputation, they generally only send the best candidates.  Unfortunately, this means that if you are the guy or gal looking for a job, your resume may never be viewed if you send it directly to the company you are interested in.

But did you know you can hire your own headhunter?

When a company works through a recruiter, they pay the bill for the service.  So when you “hire” a headhunter, you may not actually have to pay them.  They are interested in finding more people for the companies that use and pay them.  According to a great article on US News & World Report:

“When you learn about a recruiter you may want to work with, reach out directly to him or her. “I love a phone call, because it shows that a candidate is truly motivated,” Schueneman says. “We can’t want it more for them than they want it for themselves.”

Find an Employment Recruiter and send THEM your resume, followed by a phone call.  Since a recruiter has probably placed dozens of people in your field, they also have a better idea of what your new job should pay.  A prospective employer is less likely to lowball the salary, because the recruiter can call B.S.  If you’d like to learn more about putting a recruiter to work for you, check out this short and informative article:

Here’s the Article on US News & World Report

I'm Not a Union Guy, but it's OK if you are.

I’m Not a Union Guy, but it’s OK if you are.

Should I join a Union?

It’s one of the things that I get asked the most.  It’s also fairly politically charged question.  Should I join a Union (or find a Union job), or go it as an employee-at-will?  Am I better off without the Union?  Should I be shielded from that a-hole boss, or try to stand out for my exceptional skills?  I’ve got my own opinions, but they are biased–just like everyone else.  So, I searched out articles that give as un-biased an evaluation as I could find.  This article on Bankrate.com does a pretty good job of giving the pros and cons, in two pages.