The most foolproof way to get on a niche recruiter’s radar screen is to demonstrate your skillful career navigation. To be noticed by recruiters, you must show that you have managed your career wisely—you must be able to clearly demonstrate a consistent path leading toward your professional goals. Show recruiters that you have taken charge of your career and that you have handled various job transitions seamlessly. This clear track record will reveal that you are a focused professional and will set you apart from many individuals who have allowed their careers to take charge of them.
For candidates looking to get out there on the market, here are tips to keep in mind when trying to get on the radar screen of a search firm:.
1.) Find the Firm for Your Industry. Find out which search consultants in these firms are focused on your industry and position and find out how to get on their radar. For example, if you’re a technical writer, register with a search firm specializing in technical communications and content strategy placements. Keep in mind, niche search consultants typically get hundreds of e-mails a day, so be sure to be quick and to the point in your communications.
3.) Establish Relationships. Cultivate relationships with these consultants and understand it takes time. Unlike recruiters or placement firms, niche search consultants don’t typically go out and solicit candidates for their database. They conduct very specific searches based on requests by their clients.
Placement specialists and the world-class companies they represent always look beyond the bare essentials of your CV. Show them your personal aspirations along with your professional ones. Often, an intangible asset in your professional arsenal can make all the difference in the world—and put you head and shoulders above your competition. Show how you have performed as part of a team; highlight what you’ve done for your community. Above all, present yourself as well-rounded and well-grounded.
At the end of the day, skill sets are a commodity. There are literally hundreds of candidates who match the skill requirements, so our focus is on specific competence, personality and fit with the culture of the company.