Get headhunted by thinking and acting strategically. Hit the radar with confidence and reach out on your network and on the network of many recruiters. Here are some ideas on how you can do that…
- Be visible – get headhunted by being visible and attend lots of social gatherings. Forums, lunchtime seminars and conferences are great to meet new people in different industries and talk to people. Give your business card out freely (you can have a business card even if you’re studying at university, recruiters are likely to take you very seriously in the field you’re studying/aim to pursue a career in.)
- Be well-rounded and positive – head-hunters are likely to target you if you’re well-rounded and versatile in your approach. Being flexible and honing many skills is very attractive so learn as much as you can and increase your knowledge on a daily basis. Thinking about publishing on a blog? Do it. Get your work out there in the world for everyone to see; it will enhance your credibility by a milestone.
- Don’t wait for your dream job – as crazy as it may seem, an employer is likely to want to employ you if you’re already in a job. It will show the hunger and eagerness to work and will demonstrate an inner-drive to move forward on a daily basis. Put yourself online and be aware of your presence as whatever you post online is in the public domain. Utilise LinkedIn and post regularly, social media is a great tool to get noticed.
- Have a yes, I can and a yes, I will attitude – maintain a positive mindset and say yes to outings. Being willing and accepting of offers, like saying yes to a coffee, is a great way to build relationships and gain knowledge. There is a popular phrase: “be a good listener. If you’re speaking you’re not learning. If you’re listening, you’re learning.” Don’t get too carried away with excitement, stay composed and humble and this will show that you can handle situations even under pressure.
- Act in good faith and value – offering value to someone or a situation means that you can benefit an employer and/or an organisation. Good head-hunters will ask questions early about salary expectations, so be honest and open when you communicate. Do your own research too, so you can establish the worth.
Be confident, keep smiling and attract the right employer for you by following these steps. Your dream job is out there, waiting for you.
Written by Gemma Smith