When a headhunter finds you, it’s a sure sign that you are doing well in your career. But what happens if you never get spotted? Does that mean you are doing poorly? Absolutely not. But one thing we can say with conviction is that you aren’t trying hard enough to get spotted. We’re going to spend today going through everything you need to start doing to make sure your talents are shining through. Let’s get things started with some of the basics.
Go out more
OK, so we don’t mean for you to up your personal social engagements here. But we are talking shmoozing, conferencing, and lunching with as many business contacts as you can fit into your schedule. Just talk to people. Conversations naturally progress to what you do, and word soon gets around. ‘I know a guy that might be able to help’ is a string of words heard many times over in lots of bars in every city. Want to be that guy? Then get out there and network like your life depended on it.
Stock up on business cards
Business cards might be as old as the hills, but they are still a useful tool for getting your name out there. Swap them with everyone you meet, and you never know whose hands they will end up in. Make sure you are keeping other people’s cards, too. This way, if a headhunter gives you a call for an unsuitable role, you’ll be able to recommend someone else. It’s these sort of actions that get you remembered, and you can be sure that headhunter will keep you in mind for the future.
Make sure you are working
Executive search specialists will always prefer a candidate who is already working. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in; they just feel safer looking for people in work rather than out. Let’s say you recently lost a finance job. You might have a window of no more than a month before you’ll need to explore more finance jobs and accept one. You are much more likely to get into their network with a job for several reasons. There’s a psychological issue, of course. But when you are out of work, it’s more likely you will just settle for anything. Recruiters at any level don’t want to feel they are simply a backup choice.
Perfect your social media
Social media can be a great way to attract attention. Your job is to make sure that attention is positive, however. You don’t need us to tell you to keep your LinkedIn profile clean and professional. But you should also ensure all your other social channels are equally squeaky clean. Google your name and search deep into the rankings to ensure nothing unsuitable about you is online. Headhunters do it - so should you.
While we can’t guarantee these simple ideas will get you headhunted, they will help. Executive search specialists can find your name in a whole bunch of weird and wonderful ways - not just the traditional routes. Make sure that whenever your name crops up anywhere, it is in a positive sense. And, with a little luck, maybe the next time the phone rings you might get a nice surprise. Good luck!