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Build a reputation as someone who is passionate about work
and your industry
It's a dream scenario – rather than having to go out and chase jobs,
the jobs start to chase you. But it doesn't have to stay a dream. With
the right practical skills, industry expertise and a reputation as a
hard worker, you could be exactly the kind of person most likely to be
pursued by headhunters.
To be worthy of headhunting, you need to know your stuff, have a high
profile in your industry and be a desirable all-round package. While
the online sphere is becoming an ever-bigger part of any recruitment
drive, you still need to pay attention to the impression you're making
in real life.
The people you meet in your current job may be the same ones who will
later, once they've moved on to new pastures, hold the fate of your
career in their hands. Treat all of your colleagues with respect and
always be professional.
Training days, online training schemes and conferences may sound like
hard work, but they can be invaluable when it comes to getting
noticed. Grab hold of any opportunity that comes your way and build a
reputation as someone who is passionate about work and your industry.
If you don't already have a LinkedIn account, it's time to make one.
A properly filled-in profile with plenty of keywords (your areas of
expertise) offers recruitment managers the perfect way to sift
potential candidate by skill sets. Even better if your profile has
honest recommendations from past colleagues as this one of the best
ways of attracting attention.
Be conscious of your online impression overall. Google your name so
you can vet the results that are returned and check privacy settings
on social sites such as Facebook. You can use networks to your
advantage too – microblogging site Twitter is a real favourite with
recruiters and can be an easy way of getting in touch with influential
Don't forget that while it's all very well to polish your profile,
recruiters want to see evidence of real skills. Worried your core
skills don't stand up to scrutiny? Work towards a new qualification or
build on an existing one by completing a TAFE