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How to get headhunted for your perfect job

By Charlie Knight |

 

At Vine Resources we partner with some of the world’s biggest telecommunications companies, working with them to fill roles at every level across their business. In some instances the level of skill or experience required means that advertising the role will not achieve the desired results. In these instance we set about headhunting professionals who precisely meet our client’s specification.

To help increase your chances of being headhunted we have put together a list of tips based on how we might search for the perfect candidate.

Be visible

You could be the best in your field but if nobody knows about you, you’ll never get headhunted. A major source of potential candidates is word of mouth and recommendations from telecoms professionals about who they know and who is the best in a particular field. Modesty is all well and good, but if you’re great, make sure people know. Make sure that you have a very active presence on LinkedIn and other social media channels. Comment, discuss and debate relevant topics online. Attend industry events and network with people. Remember to always have a supply of business cards ready.

Make sure your LinkedIn is working for you

There is no escaping the rise of LinkedIn when it comes to all things careers and recruitment. One of the easiest ways to get noticed if you’re looking for a job or if you want to improve your visibility and personal brand is to be active on LinkedIn. To make sure that you’re not missing out on opportunities, your profile should include the following:

Geography

Often business critical roles require someone with specific skills and experience that is based in or willing to move to a specific geography. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile and your CV contains information about where you are based and (if appropriate) whether or not you are willing to relocate or travel for work.

Experience

More often than not, it is specific skills and experience that recruiters and headhunters are looking for on LinkedIn. Make sure that all your experience is catalogued on your profile and that you use keywords which headhunters and recruiters might search for.

Languages

Language skills are the second most common consideration when headhunting a professional to place into a hard to fill role. Make sure that you include all your language skills on your profile, even if it is your native tongue. In the same vein, include all your programming language skills and capabilities if you have any.

Build a relationship with us

One of the easiest ways to get noticed by a headhunter or recruitment business is to give them a call and actually talk to someone. Even if you’re not actively looking for a new role, talking to a specialist recruitment consultancy means that they will be able to contact you if something appropriate comes up. In addition, Vine Resources’ long lasting relationships with telecoms companies means that  we are able to bring them the best talent when we find it, whether they’re looking for someone or not.

In short, make yourself easy to find by building a reputation in your market place and by making sure that you include specifics in your CV and LinkedIn profile. If you’re looking for a job and don’t want to wait to be headhunted, get in touch with Vine Resources today to see how we can help you make the next step in your career.


Charlie Knight

Written by Charlie Knight

Charlie has 3 years experience in digital marketing, helping B2B technology companies grow their businesses through inbound marketing before joining Vine Resources as Content Marketing Manager. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys travelling and the great outdoors, and he recently hiked from Mexico to Canada for charity.