How To Get Headhunted*

*This is a collaborative post*

If you’re unemployed and looking for your next job, or feeling stalled in your career and daydreaming of a supercharged leap in responsibilities, decision making and (let’s not forget) pay, what you really want is to be headhunted. A phone call that arrives from out of the blue and promises a new job that’s perfect for you and you are so in demand that recruiters are beating a path to your door, rather than having to push them for updates.
If you’re trying to attract this kind of attention, there are steps you can take, and today we’re presenting a short guide to getting yourself headhunted.
Put Yourself Out There
To get attention from proactive recruiters, you need to make yourself as visible as possible. This can take all sorts of forms, from renovating your LinkedIn profile, to inviting yourself to some extra industry events.
If you’re focussing on LinkedIn make sure you’re repeating two or three key terms throughout your profile, relating to the job title you and want and qualifications or specialisms you have: this will ensure if recruiters are looking for these terms, they’ll find your profile.
If you’re making yourself a presence at professional events, keep your contributions relevant and insightful. Don’t be the member of the audience making a rambling speech when the moderator calls for questions.
Make sure you’re handing out business cards when you meet people. It’s a physical reminder not just of your contact details, but the whole conversation, which could prompt people to put your name forward when vacancies are discussed.
Guard Your Online Presence
If you’re hoping to be recruited to a new company, make sure you’re keeping an eye on your online presence. If you have personal Twitter and Facebook accounts, try to make sure they are as anonymous as possible, if not entirely locked down during your search. It’s common practice for employers to look up candidates on social media, and if appear to be irresponsible and not career focussed they may choose to pass on contacting you.
Even worse, complaining about your current job is fatal. While you should know better than to do this anyway, scour your online presence for this and ensure it’s either deleted or made private as it makes a bad impression to prospective employers.
Be Proactive
Reach out to relevant recruiters. Letting an Executive Search firm that works in your niche know that you’re looking for a new challenge will start the process that could result in that magic phone call that move your ideal new job.

*Guest post contributed by a third party

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