What Does it Take to Get Noticed by Headhunters?

Handshake on blue background One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about how to career women appeal to Headhunters. Become visible – headhunters go on personal recommendations from people they have already placed, and if those people don’t know or rate you – you might be in trouble. They also attend events and read industry press – if you are in neither, that’s going to be another big challenge.  That’s why I was so glad to find this article in Forbes Woman on getting noticed by Headhunters. "Companies hire people for two reasons: to make money or to save money” says executive recruiter Skip Freeman so being able to quantify your work at previous positions, showing how much you have made or saved the company, is a step towards making yourself the best candidate. It is also important to remember that the headhunter works for the hiring company not the job seeker, they need to fill a demand and match the best candidate to the role. So by scouring job listings for opportunities where you have an excellent match to the requirements and can ‘hit the ground running’ you put yourself in a great position for the headhunter to put you forward for the role. Freemen recommends that you do your research to target the companies where you have a good fit for both requirements and company culture and then develop a one page document showing what you can bring to the company and why. And finally he says during the interview you must communicate three things: you can do the job, you want the job and you are a cultural fit for the job.

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