At one point in your career as an IT professional, your next best career move will be offered rather than found organically. Here’s where a head-hunter or recruiter comes in. But how can you increase your chances of being found in an executive search, without actually looking yourself? We at Cortex IT Recruitment run through the 8 ways to catch the eye of an executive searcher…
1. Get LinkedIn
If you’re not on LinkedIn, the portal for social – but professional – research (aka ‘stalking’), you’ll probably be overlooked. With its incredible amount of data on most working and job-seeking professionals, recruiters and head-hunters will use the site as second nature. So make your profile, and be sure to document any and all credentials (see point 3), as well as the skills and experience you hope to be targeted for.
2. Make a name for yourself
Even if you’re successful in the work you do, if you don’t have a name to show for it, it’s less likely that you’ll be found. But if you stand out as an individual in your field, other peoples’ opinions begin to matter. If enough people know about your skills and expertise, then word will get around, leaving you a far higher chance at getting picked up by a head-hunter.
3. Turn your visibility on
Have you got something to say about your field? Even if you don’t, find something you can voice your opinion on. Write articles, attend (and eventually speak at) conferences and talks, and even be quoted in magazine features. With a name, and a face, you’re already on your way to be hand-picked for something new.
4. Gain expert status
Remember that saying: ‘the jack of all trades, but master of none’? It applies here. A recruiter or head hunter will be looking to fill a specific requirement, and if you fit any of the attributes, it’s more likely you’ll be approached if you show mastery in at least one of your fields.
5. Network, network, network
While networking is often thrown around as ‘the thing to do’, few people actually do it properly. Don’t take the easy road. If you build a rapport with someone, connect with them online as quickly as you can. Keep in touch with those important figures and well-connected peers, because ultimately, they might be your avenue to a new career. Remember, people talk, and if you’re not in the conversation, you may not get found.
6. Invest in your relationships
While we’re on the topic of networking, ensure that you put time into your relationships with your well-connected friends and colleagues; don’t just chat enthusiastically for no reason when you just so happen to be looking for a new role. You will appear far more genuine, and therefore will receive better recommendations from those networking powerhouses in your circles.
7. Hire a recruiter/search firm yourself
This is possibly the easiest way to build a relationship with a head-hunter: hire them. As you’ll probably be searching for employees within a similar sector to which you want to work in, working with a recruiter of this kind will definitely put you on their radar (and database) for the future.
8. Be a client and a candidate
In the same vein as the previous point, it’s very important to pay attention to recruitment consultants, in order to help your future recruitment needs. Most people will be both a client and a candidate in their lifetime, but at different points in time, hence the need to prepare for any future opportunities. A talented recruiter will be able to help both your hiring and career progression needs, so don’t ignore their call just because you don’t need them right now.