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How to get headhunted

Finding a job typically comes down to sending off a CV and applying for a role. However, being headhunted is another avenue that should always be considered.

Rather than completely relying on your own efforts in the application process, you can also make yourself more open and approachable for a headhunting employer keen to hire an outstanding individual.

The old saying of, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, sums this up quite nicely!

Here are 3 ways you can increase your chances of being headhunted for a job:

Create a brand

One of the best ways to get noticed by an employer is to create your own brand. However, you need to be focused and choose a specific career path and build your brand around that. If the employer stumbles across your details and isn’t sure what you’re selling, you will likely miss out on any opportunities.

Consider what your main professional title should be and build upon that, for example – ‘Digital Marketing Manager’ or ‘Nurse Practitioner’.

No matter how the employer found you, they should instantly be able to see what you’re all about and that you have a clear and focused career objective.

Use social media

An employer is going to find you online, which means your online profiles need to ooze professionalism and demonstrate your career objectives, skills and qualifications. But it doesn’t just stop there!

Create a network and connect to other uses online. Twitter and Facebook are both fantastic platforms to exploit and generate interest in your career and allow potential head hunters to find you. Keep in constant contact with other likeminded professionals and share as much information as possible. Contribute to your field and offer advice, support and ideas on your chosen profession.

Without an online profile and network you will never have the chance to be head hunted. Make your presence known to the outside world and stay up to date with the latest trends in the market.

Create a LinkedIn profile

The most popular business platform to connect and share with other professionals is LinkedIn. In essence, having a LinkedIn profile is like having a second CV, albeit in the digital world. This is the most likely place an employer will find you, and creating a comprehensive profile is an absolute must.

A recent study was conducted which demonstrated the power of having a LinkedIn profile, and how that dramatically increased the job seekers chances of getting an interview. However, it’s important to recognise that the profile had to be comprehensive to help their chances, as a poorly written profile or one which was very bare actually decreased their success.

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