We are all products of capitalism. We search for jobs one place and then at other until we find a great opportunity and then we set out searching for the next best opportunity. This world is like a link or a chain. We are all connected- the employers and the employees. Even the employers are always on the lookout for the next best candidate.
There are a lot of job exhibitions and campus selections we visit, where we come across terms like ‘headhunter’ and executive recruitment companies. These executive recruitment companies are the lifeblood of the industry for which they find candidates. The industries where their services are used are pharmaceuticals, human resources organizations, certifications providing bodies, hospitals, hospitality, services, and finance. Then, we are left wondering how executive recruiting firms find the right candidates for different organizational needs.
With a penetration of social media and networking abilities into the realm of talent acquisition, there are a lot of alternatives present which can be brought to the table. You have a complete personal world of candidates in front of recruiters. You can check for intangible personality traits on social media platforms which are not to be known otherwise.
Add to that, various websites which connect people to industries like healthcare professionals to the healthcare industry and ad agencies to copywriters. These days employers like candidates with profiles customized and curated for them especially. And undoubtedly, executive recruiting firms are paying great attention to the details.
The headhunters working with Executive recruiting firms keep monitoring industry blogs for guest posting, board discussions, and social sharing. All of these interactions lead to learning and development amongst industry professionals. You never know when while discussing something, you will get the next product development manager for your industry. Interviewing and talent hunting isn’t limited to social interactions and interview rooms. While in parties, being on a flight, meeting people- recruiters are constantly hunting people, developing connections, getting to know referrals, and attending seminars.
Those candidates who wish to be shortlisted for brilliant job opportunities must maintain a knowledgeable discussion on subject matter or the niche they work in. He/she must carry a genuine passion for the kind of work they are going to take up. An added advantage that will serve as a competitive edge would be to present new angles to different trends in your industry.
What candidates can also do is- while looking for the best vacancy for themselves, they might market themselves effectively. While being part of conferences, stay back until lunch hours or evening snacks or high tea sessions to communicate with different industry people. Work on your body language to get in the good books of employers.
Recruitment is not just about exemplary curriculum vitae that candidates present. It is more than that. It includes personality test, communication skills, presentation skills, analytical and technical skills, and other such face-to-face measurable skills. Executive recruiting firms hire candidates who have it all in terms of fulfillment of job requirements.