Executive Recruiters are some of the busiest people I know, so if you’re interested in finding a new job or advancing your career, it’s wise to make it easy to notice you and wise to offer some help in return.
It’s important to realize that recruiters earn their living from meeting the needs of their clients, the organizations with positions to fill. They don’t earn anything from a relationship with you unless you’re giving them information that makes their work easier and more profitable. So keep updating your public profiles and your resume, and keep reaching out to offer your valuable help to recruiters you know and those you wish to know!
Make yourself visible. Give an executive recruiter every opportunity to find you when they’re looking for a perfect candidate. Hiring influencers of all types are too busy to spend hours searching for you. How? Make sure your resume format works with the current scanning technology. Ensure that all your “buzzwords” such as skills, education, universities, etc. are clearly listed on your resume and on your LinkedIn profile. Polish and promote your personal brand on social media, and start networking both in person and online regularly.
Offer your help. If you have been placed in previous positions by Executive Recruiters, ensure their continuing interest in you by offering information that makes their jobs easier. Industry news, potential positions opening up in your organizations (or anywhere), and passing along potential candidates’ contact information is invaluable to these busy professionals. Offering this kind of information keeps you in the “valuable to know” category of their immense contact lists, which can keep you top-of-mind when a position opens up that’s just right for you.