FAQ for employers What is headhunting?

What is headhunting?

Headhunting is the targeted search for personnel that fits a defined job-profile.

The work of a headhunter, also called personnel advisor or executive search consultant, is mainly characterized by the practice of directly contacting talent.

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When do businesses commission headhunting agencies?

Usually, businesses post their job-openings in different job-portals and wait for qualified candidates to apply. Searching for someone with a very specific profile for a strategically important position, such as a leadership or specialized technical position requires more than traditional job-postings. The more specific the experience and qualification requirements, the fewer people there are who might fulfill them, which makes finding suitable talent all the more difficult. Businesses cannot afford to wait long periods of time for a suitable candidate, or even worse, risk hiring an unsuitable one.

This is where headhunters come in. They are specialized on successfully filling key positions through proactively sourcing the best, most suitable talent.

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The work of a headhunter

  • Personnel search
  • Consulting services (i.e. on contracts, remuneration or HR development)
  • Recruiting via outlets such as through the internet, newspapers, social media, etc.
  • Direct Search

Via an in-depth consultation meeting headhunters establish what types of talent a business is looking for. Together, they define skills, qualifications, experience, and personal qualities that are especially important for filling a position. Based on this information, headhunters draw up a detailed profile of requirements.

As their next step, they look for the perfect candidate, nowadays mainly in online platforms such as LinkedIn or XING. Though they also use their personal network to find people with the desired qualifications, that meet the requirements of the profile they drew up.

Once a suitable candidate has been identified, headhunters have to convince them to leave their current position in favor of a one. Usually, potential candidates are in regular employment and therefore not readily available. And not all of them are interested in a new job. In order to entice personnel from competing businesses you need convincing arguments. Usually it takes several intents until a candidate that is interested and also fits the profile requirements is found. A headhunter’s goal is always to find the perfect candidate for the position at hand.

Statutory and additional benefits in Mexico

In Mexico there are certain benefits that, by law must be paid to all regular staff:

  • Social security
    In Mexico, all employees receive statutory social security coverage, which also provides free medical treatment. This also covers leave of absence from illness or pregnancy.
  • Vacation days
    After one year of work employees are entitled to at least 6 days of paid vacation. With each additional year working for the same company, the amount of days increases by 2 until reaching 12 days of paid vacation per year. After that the law requires an increase in paid vacation by 2 days every 5 years.
  • Vacation pay
    By law, employees must receive at least 25% of pay during the days of vacation that they are entitled to.
  • Christmas bonus
    By law, employers must pay their employees at least 15 days’ worth of pay as a Christmas bonus.

Additional benefits

In addition to the benefits required by the law, you can provide private health insurance, food coupons or a comprehensive, well defined personal- and income development plan. You might also provide additional vacation days, or a higher share of Christmas and vacation pay, higher than what is prescribed by the law.

Benefits such as these often play a key role when potential employees choose between several different job offers. Additionally these benefits greatly increase your employees’ loyalty and commitment to your business.

  • Meal tickets/food vouchers
    These are vouchers that can be traded in for meals and foodstuffs or other products.
  • Savings funds
    A business retains a percentage of an employee’s monthly pay – never more than 13% – during a 12-month period and contributes an additional share, which is usually paid out once a year.
  • Private health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Productivity bonus
  • Transport services/support for travel expenses
  • Car