Beat the competition and get yourself headhunted

Beat the competition and get yourself headhunted

Headhunters are specialists in identifying and procuring professionals and executive management for clients. They do not run advertisements and meet the people who apply for positions; they go after who they want, which are the elite in the business world. So how can someone become one of these prized targets of headhunters? Luckily, there are tactics available that you can adhere to in order to hit their radar, and increase your chances of being discovered.

Get Noticed

Success in the corporate sphere can be heavily influenced by your online visibility. In order to get yourself headhunted, you must make an effort to be visible and social. Simple steps to gaining this visibility include going to industry forums, seminars or conferences, and simply talking and swapping business cards to others in attendance. Joining business associations are another easily visible technique; visit the local Chamber of Commerce to gain more details on what is available and what fits your needs more efficiently. The most effective events to hone in on are the seminars that recruitment consultants directly sponsored. An easy tactic to utilize in these settings is to make sure your name, job title and company are on all of the

attendance lists of these events. Many head-hunters exploit such lists for potential contacts.

Utilise Technology

Visibility can also be enhanced via technology. An online presence can be crucial in creating viability as a headhunter’s target. Many employers routinely check LinkedIn and other social media platforms such as Twitter. Therefore, you must be mindful to manage your professional persona even on social networking sites. However, to be found and to be searchable, remember to keep your privacy options fairly open – and keep these profiles professional, yet still interesting.

Visibility is only the first step in increasing your odds of becoming headhunted. Headhunters prefer to target those who are well rounded within their career. Many of them seek individuals who have developed themselves and contributed to their industry. As starting points headhunters may search the web for people who have been published in industry journals, authored whitepapers, or who have spoken at conferences. Other attributes that are well regarded include volunteering your professional skills for recognised causes or even setting up a blog regarding your industry.

There is a bit of irony in the headhunting search that will drive up your value as a target. This may be unfair, but headhunters hone in on individuals who are already employed. In many regards this is a psychological reaction; many individuals perceive that if you are not working, there is likely a negative reason for it. Everyone knows philosophically that good people/candidates are out of work from time to time; however, when conducting their preliminary searches it is simple for headhunters to eliminate these individuals because of the potential they may have been one of the “bad ones.” There’s also the suspicion that you may be desperate, and you’ll take anything given to you. So keep in mind that you are a far more attractive target for a headhunter if you are working.

Perform and Achieve

Beyond everything else, perform your job well. Demonstrate your skills and leadership through your present position. A high level of performance will not go unnoticed. Quality of the highest caliber is what headhunters are ultimately going to desire; give them what they want.

Headhunting are used by companies to cherry pick the best employees in the market. These will be the individuals they believe will drive the growth of their company. To be in this stratosphere of high demand is no small feat. By following some of the tactics mentioned above, you can become the next executive in demand, and get the position you’ve always wanted.



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Jamie McDermott

Involved in Business Development and Technologies at Career Intelligence. Based in the Fleet Street, London office since the start of 2014.

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