For executive professionals looking to make a move in their career, knowing how to attract the attention of executive search consultants or headhunters is an important part of the game. This can definitely be challenging regardless of your previous experience or qualifications. Consider the following strategies to help you increase your visibility.
Stand Out as an Expert
Anytime you can stand out as an expert or specialist in a certain field, you increase your chances of being identified and picked by executive search consultants. Your specific knowledge and expertise can play a major role in getting you into an interview.
Increase Your Visibility
Be sure you are actively engaged in conversations and dialog within your field or industry. This could mean speaking at industry events or conferences, being quoted in relevant articles and staying involved in focus groups through Social Media channels.
Most people are aware of the benefits of networking with others in their industry, but you may be surprised just how few are actually doing it. Effective networking amongst your peer group and across your industry is a powerful way to increase your chances of being noticed. The time you spend to maintain friendships and professional relationships with talented and well-connected colleagues will pay off in the long run.
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Obviously your success as an executive professional will play a key role in your ability to stand out, but it takes more than simply viewing yourself as successful. It’s often what your colleagues and competitors think about you that matters the most. Take some time to analyze if and how others would recommend you if they were asked for their opinion.
Slow But Steady
Avoid short bursts of enthusiastic networking, which can be a big turn off for colleagues and executive search consultants. Instead, focus on a long-term strategy of building meaningful relationships with your biggest fans. This type of behavior is viewed as much more genuine and will lead to better results.
Social networking through the many different social media channels can be incredibly beneficial when you are seeking attention for your skills and qualifications. If you don’t already have one set up, be sure to start a LinkedIn account as soon as possible. Remember that executive search specialists will use many different tools to build their list.
Use an Executive Placement Firm for Yourself
Of course, one of the best ways to develop a relationship with an executive search consultant is to use one yourself. Find a firm that can play a relevant role in your own career development and then build a professional relationship.
JBN & Associates offers over 100 years of combined experience that has helped them place thousands of the most desirable jobs in North America. Find out what we can do for you at, www.jbnassociates.com.