Get Discovered by Executive Search Firms
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Executive search firms’ role is to source the right top level candidate for executive or other specialized roles on behalf of the client company. The experts of the industry use a more proactive approach of sourcing top talents than traditional methods. If you are reading this article, you will find out which are the advantages of passing through an executive search process and how can you get discovered by executive recruiters more easily.
Such career development opportunities are most of the time handled in confidentiality. Therefor, the executive recruiters should be able to find you in order to get you on the long-list for an interview. Furthermore, the opportunity is suitable with your expertise and will be part of a recruitment process with a consultative approach. It might be the start of a long-term partnership which may bring you specialized and focused insights.
It might be obvious, but first of all you need to be recognized as an expert and a cultural fit between the future employer as client and the individual as a candidate is necessary. Continuously networking across groups of interest of the industry increase your chances of getting noticed within your market. In case you are not willing to switch industries or roles, an up to date LinkedIn profile might be self-sufficient in bringing up similar opportunities. However, most of the times more detailed information make your profile stand out in executive search firms searches. Best tip is to determine your transferable skills that are relevant for the role you are targeting and provide the perfect combination of skills and keywords to increase your visibility through a more strategically optimized profile. In other words, optimize your profile for the job you wish for, not for the job you currently have.
Another strategic step is to take initiative and research who recruit candidates for similar jobs and if their assignments line up with your interests. Then proactively approach them via email stating simple and clear your expertise, „Sales professional in Retail, Pharma and Electronics industry” for example. Don’t be discouraged if the time is not a match, a chance might open up in the future and you make sure the firm has your contact already. Always be honest and prove your knowledge. Show you professionalism and competence with each occasion and you will always shine among your competitors.