If you’re tired of your job, underappreciated, under used and perhaps most significantly underpaid, you’ll find yourself sitting at your desk desperate to get a call from a head hunter as you tap at away at a task that has become routine. You’re overqualified for what you’re doing, desperate to be really engaged and challenged in a new, executive position. The solution to all your problems would be a call from a specialist, telling you’re perfect for a new vacancy that you hadn’t even heard about. It’s an endorsement of your talents, a step up on your career ladder and a foot in the door all in one go.
Today we’re presenting a short guide to catching the attention of head hunters and taking the giant leap into your next big job!
The first thing you need to do is research. Look at the industry and level you want to work in, and the recruiters that serve them.
There are two main reasons to do this: firstly, you’ll find the specialist recruiters who work with that industry and niche: high level programmers are working with very different recruiters to the one’s specialising in Sales Execs. Secondly you’ll learn what the businesses you want to be employed by value, what they’re briefing their head hunters to go out into the wild and look for.
By reading ‘About Us’ pages, lower level job adverts and digesting articles about company philosophy you’ll come up with a list specific skills and values that will signal to recruiters you’ll be a good fit. You’ll also find names for people who work in your ideal companies, people who deal with hiring and leaders in your particular field.
All this research plays into stage two:
Weaponise Linked In
The start, end and middle of most head hunter’s searches is LinkedIn. It’s an ideal network for them and for you, as it’s set up to allow you to simply list professional qualifications in an easily searchable format.
It only takes a bit of work to turn your LinkedIn into the ideal advert for you.
Take your list of industry specific skills and buzzwords, and make sure they are frontloaded in your biography, CV and any articles you’ve published. Don’t add anything untrue or misleading – that would be as counterproductive as lying on your CV. Just prioritise anything that signals to your target recruiters that you’re the right one for the job.
Also reach out to the key names in your industry and the people who recruit for them. At worst, you’ll forge a few professional connections at Savannah Recruitment, at best this could open the very door you need to your next interview.