How to get yourself headhunted
More and more recruiters are turning to alternatives methods of finding executive jobs seekers now. So called e-recruitment using networks and the internet to find people.
The whole point of this is that you need to be out there to be found.
The easiest way to do this is to join the main business networks. Most of them are free to join and allow you to put all your information on there.
The main ones are Linked in, Facebook, Plaxo, Twitter, Ecademy, Xing, and several others.
Once you are on them you will need to actually network with some people to build up a presence. This is normally done over a period of time. There are normally enormous numbers of recruiters on these networks and they normally give contact details, so they are open networkers. On linked in it is possible to join groups that allow you to link with groups of other people at the touch of a button. These include Toplinked .com and mylink500.
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You will need a quality profile. This needs to have enough information on it to describe you adequately. Make sure it reads in CV style as much as possible, so a recruiter can plainly see what you have done. Try to use keywords to allow yourself to come up in jobs searches. Make it an interesting and informative read. Keep too much personal information off it.
Obviously if there is the option to include some contact information put this on there. Use an e-mail address that you actually do read. You could miss out on opportunities if you don’t actually read them. With most networks it will cost a recruiter money to contact you, so you shouldn’t get spam, only contacts of actual roles that they want to headhunt you for.
Some networks allow you to insert your current status, so you may choose to say that you are open to new executive jobs, but obviously avoid doing this if you are currently in employment. But do not make it sound too desperate.