Getting a Milwaukee headhunter to notice you is the first step to landing your dream job. Here are some ways to start that process.

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You’ll Never Know If You’re Right For the Job, Unless You Get Noticed

An experienced Milwaukee headhunter can interpret what type of candidate his or her client wants through a few simple conversations. They have rating systems to evaluate a potential candidate’s ability to fill a certain position. They almost instinctually evaluate a candidate’s soft skills as well. But, if you’re averse to networking, you’re not responsive, or your profile doesn’t offer them a complete view of your key skills and specific experience, you may never get a call.

Work With A Headhunter That You Know

If you have successfully worked with a headhunter before, he or she can vouch for you. Conversely, if your headhunter has also worked with a specific client before, his or her endorsement of you has more clout. Also, the client is more likely to overlook a candidate’s shortcomings if the headhunter endorses you, as well. Experience is only one facet of a headhunter’s formula for matching a candidate with a potential job. Their ultimate goal is to find the best talent for the job; this way their client only needs to interview a handful of contenders. If you have a relationship with your headhunter, you could be in that handful.

You Should Always Network

Headhunters are always asking for referrals. Many clients specifically hire them for their existing professional network and networking abilities. If, say, a law firm is looking for an administrative assistant, they are going to be more interested in the recruiter with strong connections in the legal field than one whose ‘rolodex’ is concentrated in other industries.

Headhunters will frequently ask people within their networks about whom they know with the professional profile they are looking for. If you stay in contact with your former colleagues and clients, university and business school alumni, and you keep abreast of professional development, the more often your name is likely to be recommended. Networking is not just limited to face-to-face contact either. Make sure that you have a fully developed online presence as well, including both Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

When a Headhunter Calls, Pick Up

That goes for e-mails and instant messages, too. Even if you aren’t interested right now, being open to discussing the opportunity they have available will allow you to provide a headhunter with a more well-rounded understanding of your expertise. Also, it will increase the likelihood that you’ll get a call about new openings in the future. If you take that initial phone call, it could result in great career opportunities. It could also fast-track career opportunities down the line.

Remember, in this age of headhunting, both “old school” and “new school” rules apply. Many executives still think of headhunting in terms of the traditional headhunting rules, this is only halfway true. Really, new technologies have just added to the resources and abilities that headhunters already had at their disposal. Getting a headhunter to notice you means getting present online and being at the forefront of the buzz in your particular network.


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