This is a question I am asked almost every day. One thing you need to do to attract executive recruiters is to be visible when they are searching for talent with your skill set. Here are some tips that will enhance your ability to be found:
1. Have a LinkedIn profile.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile today, your chances of being found, let alone be recruited, are minimal. You need to have an active LinkedIn profile that is fully complete in order to attract the human eye and Google algorithms during keyword searches. Have your current contact information in the contact section and include your phone number and email address if you are in job transition.
2. Be present. Be active. And be vocal in your industry.
Attend networking events. Organize networking events. Register for industry conferences and offer to speak at as many events as you feel comfortable. This will attract attention from executive recruiters.
3. Be generous with executive recruiters in sharing.
When you are approached by an executive recruiter for an appointment and you decide that the job isn’t for you, think of contacts whom you could share with the recruiter. Referrals speak volumes.
4. Get in the database of executive search firms.
There are many ways to secure a place in an executive recruiting firm’s database. The large global firms have an extensive global database where you can e-transfer your resume to their data bank. You can also attempt to converse with the recruiter directly, although they are very busy people. Or get in through a junior member of staff. For instance, ask the staff researcher to reference you in their data. If you are ever asked to pay for placement in an executive recruiter’s database or charged by them to find you a job, run away. They are a bunch of bandits. An executive recruiter generates revenue from the client, i.e., the employer, not from you.