Third-party recruiters, sometimes referred to as headhunters or search consultants, are independent consultants used by companies to locate qualified candidates for professional positions. They can be a useful resource in getting your name out to prospective employers, but there are some potential disadvantages to using them of which you should be aware. Before you begin to shop around for one, check out the following information to learn about the pros and cons of using an employment agency and decide whether or not it's the right approach for you.

Useful Links:
Find a Recruiter
Site provides access to listings of more than 10,000 recruiters.

Maryland Regional Directory of Recruiters, Temporary Agencies, and Placement Firms
Compiled by the state of Maryland's Professional Outplacement Assistance Center (POAC), this directory provides a list of third-party recruiters in Maryland, with contact information and a summary of the occupations they represent.

Student's Guide to Interviewing with Third-Party Recruiters
Written by the National Association of College and Employers, this site will help you learn about issues related to interviewing with third parties. 

Third Party Recruiters
This site provides important information about working with recruiters, search consultants, and headhunters.

Examples of Third-Party Recruiters:
Accountemps
Specializes in temporary staffing for accounting and financial professionals.

Adecco Group
Offers temporary staffing, permanent placement, outsourcing, consulting and outplacement in the United States and abroad.

Aquent
Works as a "global staffing agency for freelance/contract and temp-to-perm placement for marketing and design professionals."

Artstaffing.com
Provides "staffing, consulting, and career services for the international arts community."

Bridgestar
Offers placement services within the nonprofit sector.

 

Delta-T is a national employment agency that targets specialized healthcare professionals. Most partners are placed in hospitals, community health centers and outpatient facilities.

EEI Communications
Specializes in temporary support and direct-hire recruiting for writers, editors, desktop publishers, graphic designers, Web designers, and other communication professionals in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area.

Engine Performance Inc.
A marketing talent agency

Kelly Services
Provides temporary staffing in a broad range of professional fields.

Marge Fox Personnel
A Towson-based organization that offers placement in administrative, clerical and office support positions.

Nancy Adams Personnel
Places administrative, accounting, and clerical professionals in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area.

On-Assignment Lab Support
"A recognized leader in the scientific staffing industry".  Check out this site if you are interested in being placed in short- or long-term jobs in the sciences.

Randstad North America
Offers a wide range of placement services in the United States and internationally.

Robert Half Legal
Provides placement services for attorneys, paralegals, and legal support professionals for law firms and corporate legal departments.

Southern Teachers Agency
Offers assistance for individuals seeking PK-12 teaching opportunities in private/independent schools from Maryland south to Florida and west as far as Texas.

Spherion
Places individuals in temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct-hire positions in a range of professional areas.