LinkedIn is a great Professional Networking website. As a recruiter, I have been asked by a lot of people “I never get headhunted, what am I doing wrong?” I always tell them what I was told when I started in the industry: good people don’t have to search for jobs, jobs come to them. The Golden rule in the headhunting industry is if they can’t find you – they won’t hire you.
LinkedIn is the key to your online identification and LinkedIn profiles rise to the top of search results making it easier for recruiters/headhunters to find you. It is great for building up your network by connecting with current and past colleagues and exploring career opportunities. It is an intelligent investment of your time which can get you a lot of traction from potential employers.
Recruiters constantly mine the internet to hunt for great talent. Nearly all recruiters use LinkedIn. It is a source of “free database” for them not just for sourcing active candidates but also passive candidates. Now what that means for you?
If you are actively looking for work – you are an active candidate. If you aren’t necessarily looking for work, but may be interested if the right job comes along – you are a passive candidate. And, when passive gets converted to active – you get headhunted.
LinkedIn Recommendations are like icing on the cake. They sure are enticing, make your profile look sweet and create an urge for recruiter to go through your profile. So, the more the merrier.
These are all tried and tested tips coming straight from a recruiter who herself got headhunted for her dream job. Please feel free to drop me a line below should you have any questions.
- Job Hunting Advice Reality (wvuimc.wordpress.com)
- LinkedIn hits 200 million user mark (business.financialpost.com)