Networking with/by Executive Recruiters

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The article we have recently stumbled upon was prepared by Blue Steps and it is called “Top Tips to Becoming a Better Networker with Executive Recruiters”. It sure can be tricky and, as the article suggests, and there are 5 very important things to remember:

  • You are not the client: the hiring organization is. If you are not a match for a specific role, headhunters can’t do anything for you. But if you stand out from other candidates, the recruiter may remember you for their next project.
  • Offer executive recruiters a mutually beneficial relationship: just as in every other relationship, this one also can’t be one-sided. One thing you can do is recommend your friend / colleague for a role you were not a fit for. In this way, it is very likely that they will return the favor in the future.
  • Make sure your networking is targeted: you probably know best that time is very precious these days. Therefore, if you have experience in food production, don’t spam recruiters specializing in banking & finance.
  • Increase your visibility: in other words: put yourself out there. Make strategic choices which can be beneficial in the future and be a speaker on conferences or give interviews for industry relevant magazines.
  • And last but not least: be ready. You have to know that one of your connections might result in something very tangible. You can’t afford to be taken by surprise and have your application documents in the making. You may also want to practice your interview skills.

Here is the full article.

If you want to dig deeper, here’s one more called “Are you one a headhunter’s blacklist”.

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