The days of having one or two jobs for a lifetime are gone. A career path in this day and age means multiple job changes, sometimes dozens. From college graduation until our retirement party, we’ll need a relationship with executive recruiters as front-line hiring influencers in order to grow our careers. Don’t wait to seek an executive recruiter until you are in a hurry to find your next job, cultivate a relationship with several in your industry right now, while you’re happily employed.
Why network with recruiters when you don’t need one? A positive relationship with a few executive recruiters who specialize in your industry is like taking out job insurance. It’s a little time and effort on your part to benefit the executive recruiters, which pays off in being top-of-mind for your open dream job later.
Executive recruiters are busy, even on holidays, trying to find the right-fit candidates in a sea of job seekers for every open position for their roster of clients. The clients aren’t the candidates, executive recruiters work for the companies with the open positions. If you pass along names of possible candidates, information on upcoming openings, and relevant industry news, recruiters come to value you as a network resource. In exchange for being valuable to recruiters, your interests and needs will be more important than those of the candidate who has never helped them make money or reach their sales goals. As an added bonus, your name will cross their desktop again and again…making it far easier to connect your name with that perfect job that opened up unexpectedly.
Don’t wait to seek an executive recruiter who specializes in filling positions in your industry. Seek them out now, invite them to network events, offer names and news, and become valuable to someone who can help your career grow now and well into the future!