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How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

Hello! I heard that headhunters in Zurich are usually paid by the companies/clients and not by the candidate. Is it true?
Is it possible to contact at the same time several headhunters asking for their service or is there a kind of "exclusive contract" to be signed with only one recruiter?
Do you know any good headhunter/recruiting company in Zurich, working with international companies not only on executives but also more junior positions?
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Old 21.01.2011, 08:38
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

Agents/Recruitment consultants do like to represent themselves as headhunters - it makes them feel more important.

My experience is that generally there are no contractual obligations between agents and candidates. Just make sure you're not put forward to the same role by more than one agent. Once I've been put forward, then there is an agreement that you'll be represented by that agency for that position.

Do not allow agencies to have exclusivitity on anything other than one specific position, and that you know the name of the hiring company.

When I've used agencies, I tend not to be registered with more than about four - that covers most of the opportunities that may arise.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

are headhunters ever paid by the candidates? wouldn't really be headhunters then would they

any agency that asks you for money is a con, walk away!

You don't say what field you work in, so it would be hard to give you the name of an agency in your field, if its IT / office work then give swisslinx a go, they are pretty good (for an agency)
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

If you use a recruiter good luck and hope it goes well.

But another thing to consider is that the agencies fee (always from the employer - don't ever give them money) will vary but is typically earned if they place you and you remain for a minimum time with the company. The amount can be substantial depending on the level, for example, the equivalent of 3, 6 or 12 months salary. If you represent yourself (find the job and apply yourself) there is no fee for the hiring company and can be used when negotiating salary.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

The employer pays normally for the recruiting service.

I used Oprandi & Partner. They have several offices including one
in Zürich.

http://www.oprandi.ch/

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Hello! I heard that headhunters in Zurich are usually paid by the companies/clients and not by the candidate. Is it true?
Is it possible to contact at the same time several headhunters asking for their service or is there a kind of "exclusive contract" to be signed with only one recruiter?
Do you know any good headhunter/recruiting company in Zurich, working with international companies not only on executives but also more junior positions?
Thank you.

Headhunters are not usualy called in for junior positions
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

Well I am a headhunter / recruiter. I often use headhunter because when I say I am a recruiter it is not universally recognised, yet everyone knows what a head hunter is. Seems a bit pretentious but there you go.
Definitely do not give agencies any money, we do get paid by the hiring company.
I also think anyone who asks you for to sign an exclusion contract saying you will only work with them is a bit dodgy. I am sure it cannot be legally enforceable. If you are aksed to do this, nice as it is for us recruiters, it is not fair to you, so I would be tempted to walk away.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

I forgot to add. Remember that as a candidate, you are a client too.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

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I guess it depends on the definition of "junior". The use of a recruiter/head hunter/talent acquisition agent is very high in the pharma industry for all kinds of levels (lazy HR???). It may be very different in other industries though.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

I'm not in any high position but I do occasionally get approached by headhunters. I guess they find me in the phone book where I have my profession listed. But the thing is that I haven't been working in that profession for at least 10 years (but have been too lazy to do anything about the phone book entry). This shows that these headhunters are working soley from the phone book and haven't done any further research on me, and so are probably just seeking another name to add to their database than to help me directly, although I would like to stand corrected on that one.

I only ever got back to one of these and they invited me for an interview. We had a short chat and we did a Myers-Briggs test or something similar and the guy then showed me some jobs that would suit me but then a bit after that I found a job by mself and told him I was no longer interested.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

Hi all and thank you for your replies!
The query is not for me but for my girlfriend. From Latvia, 27, university degree in busines administration, worked several years in Latvia and UK.
Interested more in Sales & Marketing than Finance. More "consumer goods" than banking/insurance. We are in Switzerland so she is for sure ready to work in any field. We cannot be too selective at least for the first job.
Is it not so easy (or maybe very difficult) to get a work permit if you come from a "new EU country". That's why we thought to contact also recruiting companies / headhunters. After May 1st the situation will change and Switzerland will apply to Latvia the same rules of the old EU countries.
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Old 21.01.2011, 15:36
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

There are plenty of HR consultancies that work not only with top level executives.

I live here quite some time and changed my job twice. All in all have I talked to some twenty agencies or so in Switzerland - some looked professional, others were complete amateurs. My personal bottom line is that none managed to find a job for me I could not get myself.

I spent easily ten interviews with various recruiters and while it is fun and a good training for the times you actually talk to an employer - it was all in all a waste of time. "Headhunter" includes "hunting" and in most other countries are the people working in this field "sales" oriented deal closer. They want to make money, so they will try to convince you of a job they have and their clients to accept you as a candidate. Swiss people are unfortunately absolutely not talented at sales at all. I do not need to have it as aggressive as their US counterparts, but the Swiss consultants I worked with were "sleepy" at best.

So while I from time to time give it a shot again - I would recommend your girlfriend to get active and directly apply at companies that advertise jobs she is interested in. Most employers do not really enjoy paying a headhunter, so if they get good candidates for free you have an advantage to go in without a headhunter (and yes, the headhunters on here will not agree - it's your job to disagree )

Success with the job hunt!
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

I also wanted to say... that in many European countries the headhunters charge also the candidate. This happens in countries where the unemployement is much higher than Switzerland. Sad but true.
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No. They don't. Only the black sheep in the market do that typically do not have a job for you anyway - they only live on the false hopes of some desperate souls.

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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

In many countries it's illegal to charge candidates who are looking for work.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

Not sure we are talking about the same thing here. If the job offer has been already "published" I agree that they do not charge you. If you ask them to send your CV with presentation letter and so on to several companies, then they charge quite a lot of money for the service.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

Again - this is illegal in many countries. Anyway, most agencies don't work that way. They find job openings then look for candidates to fill them. If you're on their books and a match, they may put you forward.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

I used to work in recruitment - not in Switzerland but

It's a common misconception they will try to find employment for the candidate - they work exclusively for the company to fill a position and find the right person for the job

And paying a headhunter as a candidate - you have got to be kidding ...
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

Common misconception is recruiters work to find the right candidate...They work to find the candidate they can place the fastest.

Recruiters work to find a source of commision, hence they work for their own pockets. I've seen some right crap come through the door in previous positions that recruitment agents had sent.

Cynical but there you go.
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Re: How does it work with headhunters/recruitment companies in Zurich?

That's why, as a hiring manager, when you find someone who sources you good people, you use them again and again.
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