You might think that the idea of a recruiter poaching you from your current job to work in a perfect company with an ideal job, benefits, and salary to be a little far-fetched. While it’s true that such a situation doesn’t happen every day, such cases aren’t as rare as one might think.

It’s certainly possible to become a candidate that recruiters want to poach and below are five ways to help you get there.

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Online Visibility

Ensuring that you have online visibility is crucial so that recruiters are able to find you.

You can be visible on platforms such as LinkedIn with an updated profile along with skills and qualifications. It’s important that the skills and qualifications you have are aligned with your job and market needs. The last thing you want is for a recruiter to think that your skills are out of date.

At the same time, if a portfolio is something your job market requires, ensure that your portfolio and website are also updated. It should always be ready for a recruiter to review.

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Offline visibility

Offline visibility and online visibility work hand in hand.

Put yourself out there and attend networking sessions, conferences, workshops and always keep in contact with individuals that you’ve met through these sessions. If you’re able to participate as a speaker in certain high-level workshops or conferences, go ahead and do so to gain exposure.

There’s also no harm in being active and volunteering with your community to build a strong presence and relationship within your society. After all, you never know who you might meet.

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Invest in yourself

In this day and age, the world is constantly evolving and so are the needs of companies. Hence, it’s important to upgrade your skills and broaden your knowledge.

While pursuing a higher education is certainly an option, it’s definitely not a must. You can always take classes online, attend workshops or just read up on articles, newspapers, and publications on various platforms. To stay current, it would also be ideal to subscribe to relevant websites so that you’re up to date on trends and the latest news in your industry.

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Keep your communication channels open

Always keep your communication channels open, you never know if an ideal job opportunity might pop up.

In the event that a job recruiter contacts you and it isn’t the job that you’re looking for, you should still take the time to respond. In the future, they might have other job opportunities that are closer to what you’re looking for. When that happens, they’ll be more inclined to reach out to you.

Even after you’ve left a job, keep communication channels with your ex-colleagues open and maintain good relationships with them. They might have suitable jobs that they can refer to you in the future.

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Be Confident

Know your strengths and not be afraid to showcase them. Even so, it’s important to not oversell yourself and assume that you’re the best candidate that they have on their list.

Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses and be confident of the knowledge and skillset that you’ve worked so hard to build.

So…

While there are plenty of other ways to become the job candidate that recruiters want to poach, these five ways that we’ve identified are sure to put you in the spotlight. After all, this is your time to shine, so go ahead and do so.

Are jobs really scarce now? How is your economy in your location? Is it difficult to land yourself in a job you love? Please share with us your part of the world in the comments below.

If you are out hunting for a new job, please do not neglect reading these articles:

Inappropriate Interview Questions

Interview with a HR

Should You Send A Thank You Note After Your Interview?


 

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10 replies on “5 Sure-Fire Ways To Become the Job Candidate Recruiters Want to Poach

  1. Another Important POSY Kally. Thank you.

    I’m retired now 12 years and the workplace has changed significantly in that time span.

    The advice you shared relevant and and SOLID.

    I used “Head Hunters” twice wile I was working. Both times I discovered opportunities that I was unaware of. But like Kally, I caution you that the “grass” is NOT always greener on the “other side.” Take the time to research any and ALL new opportunities presented to you. That is much easier to do nowadays’s.

    Be OPEN to new opportunities; there is often a path for ADVANCEMENT through a New job offer. Don’t say “NO” until “You” know what your saying “no” to.

    Always discuss these opportunities with your “other half” and associates who you know WILL KEEP QUIET about your considerations.

    Thanks again my friend Kally,
    God Bless, Patrick

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    1. Thank you Patrick for your insight and I do agree that grass is not always on the greener side. I always explore what I have on hand, whether it is a calculated risk before I take a leap. But I’ll never say never is never. You’ll never know what doors people might open for you.

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  2. Definitely ALWAYS send a thank you know after an interview. Shows you respect other people time as valuable and you are really interested in working with this company. Great jobs are hard to find definitely but I find it easier to define jobs by first getting in the door and making it work for you.

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