Standout and Get Headhunted!

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Job huntingIn this very competitive job market, it can be stressful to apply for thousands of open positions. More than that, constantly getting rejection letters and not receiving call backs can get frustrating. Unknown to many, there is no need to look for jobs – jobs will come looking for you through the help of professional ‘headhunters’. They are tasked to search for the perfect fit for an unannounced vacant position in a company. Oftentimes, they contact someone via phone calls or e-mail. Part of their tactic is to be spontaneous and shrouded in anonymity to secure a face-to-face informal meeting.

Sounds like the perfect, non-stressful way to find a job, right? If you are looking to get ‘headhunted,’ here are some pointers on how to lure these headhunters.

1. Attend the right gatherings

Logically, the easiest way to get on someone’s radar is to shine the brightest. Although getting yourself known is a lot harder than it sounds, making a name for yourself is a guaranteed way to get headhunted. Start by being visible and active in the industry. Attend conventions, conferences, and important gatherings where industry experts are present. Make sure you enlist your name and company on the guest list. To push it a step further, research about the recruitment agencies and consultants in your industry; and look for their sponsored events.

2. Use the Internet to widen your reach

Online is where all the networking happens. Get yourself familiarized with the ins and outs of LinkedIn. Have an active profile in both Facebook and Twitter. Connect with the headhunting firms in your industry sector. How2Become director Richard McMunn explained that to gain exposure and interest, establishing profiles in all major social networking platforms is imperative. “You want the content you share between these three networks to be consistent,” he said.

One more tactic to increase online presence is through writing guest posts on relevant websites. Link them to your social media profiles to create a digital CV impressive enough to get noticed by recruitment firms.

3. Manage your online presence

Part of social media management is to have extra care in proofreading all your posts. Never say anything that will be considered tactless or unsavory. Remember that anything you post on the internet, even the comments on random sites, are public domain and can be traced back to you. There are laws preventing discrimination in employment from social media, but that doesn’t mean that you can post anything you want out loud. Be responsible of your actions, and manage your online presence.

Do a vanity search on Google. Find out all the negative searches and find a way to clean them up. Untag yourself from pictures that might put you on a bad light.

4. Create a connection with headhunters

Usually, there are only a handful of headhunters in a sector. They are the go-to source for many companies in a certain field to find a candidate for specialized job openings. Creating a connection with them can make you standout. Of course, part of this networking is to get on their good side. Start out by helping them find a right fit for some spots that you have no interest in. Tell them about your agenda and when the time comes that an opportunity arises, you are among the first in line.

5. Keep your online resumes up-to-date

Sure, headhunters won’t really scour the job databases for millions of online CVs. However, general recruiters will, and you will have higher chances of getting noticed if you have an up-to-date resume on all related job search engines available. Middle-level spots are being offered there as well, and although not as lucrative as those offered by headhunters, they are definitely great offers. Jonathan Krogdall, a headhunter at the Curzon Partnership, said that “recruiters working on behalf of an agency tend to be quite reactive and search existing CV databases, so it’s worth keeping yourself in the loop.”

You can also use middle-level employment as your springboard for higher spots. In fact, headhunters would prefer those who are currently employed rather than jobless applicants.

Have you been headhunted? What is your plan to get these headhunters going your way?