Looking for a job isn’t always easy and it can take time – even a few months, especially if you’re a senior executive. It also tests your resilience – being rejected by employers is hard on your self-esteem.
Would it not be better if recruiters would reach out to you instead? Many companies will use recruiters – either internal recruiters or external agencies – to find the best candidates for the job. This is what I’ve done for the last 11 years, alongside my coaching practice – I went out to the market looking for ‘passive’ candidates – those who aren’t actively looking for a job.
If you want recruiters like myself to reach out to you, there are a few simple tips you can immediately implement:
1. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is keyword optimized
In my 11-year recruitment career, I’ve used LinkedIn to find candidates for most of my open positions. I would use advanced search function and enter keywords relevant to the position I am recruiting for to find relevant candidates.
You need these relevant keywords in your LinkedIn Summary, your headline and your resume as well. Find out more about how to keyword optimize your profile here.
2. Stay employed
Unfortunately, most hiring managers prefer to hire candidates that are currently employed. It is probably unfair, and it is not always your choice, but that’s the way it is – if you’re working, it proves your skills are of value.
If you’re temporarily unemployed, make sure your online profile is up to date and keep up to date with what’s going on in your industry while you’re looking for a job.
3. Create and follow a target list of employers.
Hiring managers and recruiters love referrals and they always ask employees or candidates to recommend their colleagues or friends.
Instead of just relying on job boards, identify companies you want to work for. You can then follow them on social media and use your LinkedIn connections to look for introductions to people who work there. Once you’re connected to them, you’re going to be more visible to recruiters.
I’d also recommend reaching out to recruiters in companies that interest you, or even the hiring managers – find out how to do it in this article.
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