Top 10 tips: How to get headhunted
Getting headhunted can seem incredibly difficult at the best of times, let alone in the current jobs market. But, as the majority of senior roles are not advertised to the public, according to recent research, making sure you give yourself the best chance of being spotted is a very sensible thing to do.
Jonathan Krogdahl, a leading headhunter at The Curzon Partnership, offers the latest tips and advice on how to get headhunted:
1. Make yourself known - speak at events, publish articles or white papers, get involved with industry networking groups. If you become recognised as an expert in your field, relevant headhunters will seek you out and make an approach for a job.
2. Network online in the appropriate social media, such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
3. Do your research and find out who the leading headhunting firms are in your sector.
4. Identify who is your headhunting expert (there will only be a few real specialists, so hunt carefully) and introduce yourself. In other words, if you work in the real estate industry, find out which particular head-hunter has this as their expert domain (e.g. yours truly).
5. Play the long game. When you have found and got to know the right head-hunters, and there will only be a handful, use every excuse to build a relationship with them.
6. Ask them who of their competitors they rate and start to build relationships with them as well.
7. If you’re in a job and aren’t looking for a role, give your chosen headhunters some work searching for other posts if possible. Offering them the opportunity to pitch work to you on finding people for your team can be an excellent way of getting to know each other.
8. Alternatively, become a ‘source’ of the headhunters. Refer them some names of trusted colleagues/ contacts for roles they are working on that aren’t of interest to you. They’ll quickly come to trust you and rely on you – and you’ll be first on their list when a suitable role does come up in your area.
9. Make sure you are registered with the relevant recruitment agencies and jobs boards and keep your profile up-to-date. While headhunters don’t tend to look on here (they don’t need to), it can’t hurt to keep yourself in the market for general recruiters – those who are looking for people to fill middle-management roles up to about £80,000 a year. Recruiters working on behalf of an agency tend to be quite reactive and search existing CV databases, so it’s worth keeping yourself in the loop.
10. Keep your profile up-to-date and nurture your relationships with headhunters. It’s no use going to just one event, writing just one paper or meeting just one headhunter once. It’s a constant game so keep yourself noticeable, relevant and in demand.