Do You Want to Be Found by Recruiters and Hiring Managers?

found by recruitersYour current career network may not be doing the trick for you.  Or you may have fallen out of touch with the people you really want to work with.

So how do you want to be found by recruiters?

Face-to-face contact, i.e. having lunch or coffee with someone, is probably the best way.  But what about something less time consuming?

Are you visible online?  Or do you email or snail mail regularly?

As a recruiter, I’m online daily, looking for the right people for my clients on a number of different sites, including LinkedIn and others more specific to the job that I’m trying to fill. It is very frustrating to find someone with what looks like the appropriate title at the appropriate company with the appropriate experience and have no way to connect with them other than through LinkedIn’s metered service.

There’s a section in your profile where you can sit give advice for contacting you. You can put in your email address with spaces or obviously incorrect symbols to prevent robot spam or you can say, “My Gmail email address is” and a human can figure out then it’s really

This also works for allowing hiring managers, long-lost roommates, old friends, and the rest of your network to reach out to you privately.

Does being found by recruiters
and other strangers irritate you?

Some people are very private and don’t want to be reached by anyone unless they initiate the conversation. I don’t understand this. It seems to me to be operating from a place of fear. You can get a separate email account and make sure that it is covered by very careful spam protection. You can check it infrequently when you are happy with your job, and more frequently when you’re open to other possibilities.

Some people think that recruiters are just a waste of time. And we very well may be if your online profiles are terse and don’t reveal what you like doing, want to do next, or are expert in. We might contact you for things you are simply not interested in, or haven’t been interested in for years, because your profile only shows the old things, not the new things.

Or do you think that your current manager
might see your Profile?

Some people are afraid that if they update their LinkedIn profile, their managers will see it and think that they are looking for a job. This may in fact be true! But if you keep your LinkedIn profile current with each new responsibility, problem solved, interest, then it will not look unusual each time you update it. LinkedIn can be a convenient place to store the facts about your career. You can add links, slides, written public documents, presentations, etc. And you can tell your manager that you decided to move that stack of paper “ataboys” to the web.

Does your industry match your career goals?  Sure you were in research as an undergrad or post-doc, but now you may need to change it to Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals or Medical Device on LinkedIn.

Remember that all of your profiles, LinkedIn, G+, Labroots, and every other one that can be searched by the search engines, is your “calling card”.  It is the expanded version of your business card and presents those things that you want your current and future career network to know about you.  Both the content and delivery (style, words, sentence structure, stories, etc.) are important. What did the people you want to work with need to know about you? What do the people who are looking to fill a job you want need to know about you?


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