Employment Services for Students and Recent Graduates
If you're just starting out fresh from academia, don't expect headhunters to help you out. Executive search firms are paid by employers, and your lack of professional experience puts you straight into the unprofitable bin. Consider this resource later on down the line, once you've added some kick to your resume.
Permanent employment agencies are probably more your speed at this career juncture. The reputable agencies are usually compensated by employers, so if you're asked to pay up front, run for the door.
Temporary agencies are a great way to get in on the corporate ground floor; just make sure you request placement with a company specializing in your area of interest. Once so installed, you can make all the right contacts while watching for a more upscale position to become available.
Treat a temporary assignment just as you would a permanent one. That means be on time, dress professionally, and take your work seriously. Even though you may not end up with a permanent position at this company at this point, you don't know what will happen in the future.
Outplacement services, which were discussed earlier, can be costly and may be unnecessary. A lot of the work they do, you can do yourself. You need only be diligent, ambitious, and organized. Turn to your college placement office first. The services are probably free to you, and the people who staff those centers are experts at working with recent graduates. Nonprofit agencies, also discussed earlier, can be a wonderful resource for you.