How To Get Headhunted
You may be thinking that only very special people get headhunted and that it’s not for us mere mortals. Well that’s no longer the case.
Headhunting is on the rise with recruiters. In fact there has been a fundamental change in recruitment behavior which is seeing headhunting become an every day occurrence.
Why is it essential that you know how to get headhunted?
Did you know that 40% of jobs are never advertised? And not just executive placements.
Every employer would rather hire someone they know. There is a huge sea of vacancies available to those that know how to tap into them. You see they never need to advertise them on job boards because they are usually great jobs.
A change in recruitment behavior
Human behavior changes very slowly over time, so when you witness a fundamental change in behavior then you need to pay attention. As a student of behavioral psychology for over twelve years, I realise the magnitude of such an event.
Over the last three years or so we have witnessed a significant change in behavior. They do things differently and if you are smart then you will figure out how to take advantage of it and learn the tricks of how to get headhunted.
Can anyone learn how to get headhunted?
In answer to your questions – “Yes”.
Where a headhunter would only look for candidates for for an executive role, headhunting is used in placement at every level.
You need to have the skills to attract them and that takes more than a linkedin profile and a sales pitch. It means to enjoy success, you need to give them what they want.
Make their search easy. Make it easy to answer the client questions. A headhunter’s compensations depend on commissions. Helping them make deals will accelerate your career.
This is how you move your salary beyond its current stage.
Employers do it because they want the best staff. Recruiters do it because it can be quicker and more cost effective than the traditional recruitment process. Employers do it because there are new tools available to them that save them time.
You can save the recruiter time. If you save the recruiter time and make it easy for them to answer questions posed by their client, then you start to look like the right candidate.
Employer clients can be difficult for headhunters to deal with so offer the information they need.
An executive recruiter has to sell you to their client, so make it easy for them. Answer their questions when they search for you.
So no matter at what level you are working, you can tap into some element of headhunting behavior and turn it to your advantage.
What are the benefits of headhunting?
Firstly they give you access to opportunities you will never see advertised. To fill a role a headhunter is looking for a special candidate with special skills. An executive recruiter and a specialist niche recruiter are looking for the best candidates.
You get to bypass the very prejudice and flawed recruitment process. it’s a sad fact that recruitment is a bit of a shambles. If you have sent out your resume at all then you will know this from your own experience.
The traditional approach will rarely see you even get a response to your application; another good reason to learn how to get headhunted.
In a recent survey I carried out with over a thousand candidates, over forty percent were having to send over 100 applications to get a single interview.
It’s never been more competitive to access recruiters
When your job application arrives on someones desk after you have responded to an advert, the chances are there are another 400 beside it.
Vacancies that couldn’t attract 4 applicants four years ago and now seeing 400. It’s never been more competitive to catch a recruiters eye. That’s why you rarely ever receive a response to say they have received your application, which let’s face it is only manners and the least you should expect.
Once you learn how to get headhunted, new doors and opportunities will open up to you.
Roles that you would never have dreamed of will suddenly become accessible to you. You see the really great roles, the ones that were simply made for you, are never to be found online.
If you really want to do what your were simply born to do and have a career that you enjoy and is rewarding and fulfilling, then you need to learn how to get headhunted.