In early June, I attended the Fordyce Forum in Las Vegas at the beautiful, relatively smoke-free M Resort - tough duty!
Billed as “a conference for search and placement professionals from the publishers of the Fordyce Letter,” the Fordyce Forum brought together over 120 independent recruiters (a.k.a. “head hunters”) to network and to learn new things.
These independent recruiters are a very interesting universe that most of us glimpse very briefly - if at all - in our careers. They make their living by finding appropriate job candidates for their clients (employers) who have high level opportunities. Not an easy way to make a living, but it can pay very well, apparently, if you are successful.
As described previously on Job-Hunt, head hunters, like all recruiters, work for employers, not for job seekers, because the employer pays them. They are paid a fee either when a job is filled by someone they referred for the job, or, on a continuing basis (a.k.a., “retained”), they are paid by their client employers to keep a look out for good potential employees.
Head hunters are relentless networkers.
Fordyce offered several unstructured networking opportunities in the 2-day Forum, and they were all very well attended. These people definitely understand how to leverage networking opportunities, and watching them in action was quite educational.