It is hard to find a job. Most of the time, there are far to many applicants for a position and the competition becomes fierce. This nuisance can all be avoided if, instead of looking for a job, you are found to fill a long needed position. Most online résumé websites offer the option of being contacted by third parties to propose you new, interesting jobs. These third-party agents are known as headhunters. Headhunters are recruiters that are searching for a specific profile to fill a very specific position. They are experts at researching people, résumés and profiles. Most of the time, headhunters work externally to the client who is looking to fill the position, and thus have more time to investigate potential candidates properly. Attracting headhunters can be very helpful to get a better job or escalate to better positions. But, what does it get to attract one of these expert recruiters?
1. Craft an effective résumé
While most of headhunters might contact you out of the blue, it is always important to keep an updated, well-crafted résumé online. There are numerous websites dedicated to craft, distribute or publish your résumé all over the Internet. Social networks and social media are revolutionizing the way headhunters work. Physical, documented résumé banks are becoming obsolete compared to the advantages that the Internet can offer.
Create an résumé that seems professional and personable, formal but friendly, complete and complex but interesting. Headhunters usually spend several hours a day looking through résumés and cover letters to find the right person, and an effective résumé might be the difference between ignored and hunted.
2. Work with groups & attend conferences
Even when headhunters spend hours reading résumés, one of the most effective ways to find potential candidates is through conferences. They are relatively cheap, short and theme-specific. In other words, the perfect place to find a good, reliable candidate with plenty of knowledge on the field.
Working in groups can also prove to be very helpful. It will give you recognition over large amount of people. If you want to be contacted by a headhunter, it is always a good idea to have many people from around you to know your work. Word spreads quickly, work it in your favor.
3. Networking, networking, networking
Finally, there is no better advice to attract a headhunter than networking. Be it social networks such as Facebook or professional networks like Linkedin, your interaction –online and offline– makes the big difference for headhunters. This is an essential step to being found. Networking can put you on the spotlight for potential positions. Always try to do your networking both in quantity and quality. Look to better your relationships with potential mentors, and field leaders, while increasing the amount of contacts on your network profile. This is the main secret behind attracting a headhunter.
Headhunters are not only looking for impressive careers or projects. Most of the time, they are looking for younger people with new perspectives and good potential. They are searching for specific attitudes in their candidates. Be proactive, impress at your current job, and excel in your field. This will say more about you than any document or work experience.