Contract recruiters, often called contingency recruiters or headhunters, are recruitment professionals who work on a contract basis. Usually this takes the form of an hourly wage or fixed bid project for a set amount of time during an uptick in hiring demand. This type of recruiter can be seen as a recruiting consultant who works with a company on a short term basis to get their hiring needs met. When all job openings have been filled and the company is satisfied with their new employees, then the contract is over and the recruiter can move on to the next job. Contingency recruiters generally keep their contacts, talent pool and qualified candidates with them as they move from company to company. They are the “hired guns” of the recruiting world.
This type of recruiting professional will many times act as a corporate consultant as well as providing the task-oriented service of filling positions. Contract recruiters have the opportunity to experience many different recruitment processes, strategies, and recruitment marketing projects. They typically have a wealth of recruiting experience gleaned outside the confines of one particular corporate recruiting department. Corporations that use contract recruiters to “hire up” for a large initiative should also tap into this outside experience and look for best practices not yet implemented.
An Exciting Work Environment
Contract recruiting can be very fast paced and exciting, always offering something new for recruiters, so it can be an attractive option for professionals who like variety and flexibility in their work environment. Contract recruiters set their own hours and are only accountable to their clients. Independent recruiters also have flexibility and can work with companies in many different industries until they find one that they like. Working on a contract basis can be a little scary if you’re not used to being your own boss, but the benefits can outweigh the risks.
With a typical 9 to 5 job at a company, you are rewarded for the time you put in on the job, but contract work means that you are rewarded for the results you achieve. Many human resources professionals working within a company only get paid on an hourly basis and don’t get that many bonuses or rewards. Being an independent recruiter means that you are rewarded for your efforts and the results you bring to the company. While this does mean lots of work and not getting paid until the position is filled, it also means you get to see direct rewards for your efforts.
Increased Trust and Respect
As a contract recruiter, you are considered an objective party in the recruitment and hiring process. Clients will trust that you will give them unbiased opinions on their recruitment tactics, job offers and hiring practices. Because you are a professional dedicated to recruiting quality candidates, clients will respect your opinions on the job market and their reputation as an employer. Candidates will trust you to have their best interests at heart. Because you aren’t working directly for the company, candidates know that the job you are offering them will help them further their own career goals.
Contract recruiters can often recruit more effectively than salaried human resources people because they focus entirely on recruiting. Additionally, working for multiple companies allows them to build highly developed candidate talent pipelines. Because you have to show results in a timely manner in order to get paid, employers trust that you will work efficiently to get the position filled. Contract recruiters are outside of the corporate machine and can work without dealing with internal bureaucracy to get results faster.