SAN FRANCISCO—So, you’ve decided it’s time to start thinking about your next career move. Or maybe you’ve just lost your position, so it is not just “start thinking”, but it is “uh oh, turn on the spigot; I gotta find a new job.” In either case, you are putting together your strategy and are wondering how to best work with recruiters. Recruiters are indeed a valuable part of one’s job search and overall career management.

Big picture, recruiters should play only a limited, but important, role in your job search and in your overall career planning. Unless you are in the C Suite, it is most likely that your next position will be found without a recruiter in the mix. So, by far, the most important part of your job search is your own networking and outreach into the market. But, as part of that strategy, definitely reach out to headhunters, particularly to those who you know are leaders in your industry or niche.

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