Many wise executives remain in a permanent state of passive job search. They aren’t actively looking, as their time and energy are being spent on maintaining and improving results at their current organization. They are, however, always open to something better if it comes along.
Want the jobs to come to you? Then employ these passive job search techniques and get ready to move quickly and confidently when opportunity knocks!
Brief. Condense the information on your resume to 2 or 3 pages so that it’s easy to read and find the information a hiring influencer is skimming to find. Make sure to place your eMBA degree on display so hiring influencers can’t miss your added value.
Proofread. After you think you have the perfect resume, have other people read it for errors, omissions, and unexplained acronyms. The gatekeepers aren’t always industry experts, so your resume has to present a striking first impression to anyone.
Numbers. Get specific about what you and your previous employers were all about. Talk about your value and impact in your previous positions with numbers, percentages, and facts.
Complete. Make sure your social media profiles are complete and accurate. Use a professional (or at least a professional-looking) headshot, as this is the first visual impression you are making with many hiring influencers.
Matching. Every time you update your resume, you need to update your LinkedIn and other social media. A resume that doesn’t match the publicly available information about your career sends up red flags for potential employers.
Protection. Protect your brand and your reputation. Google yourself periodically (2-4 times a year) and address any issues. It’s a simple thing to remove tags on photos, take down a hasty and ill-conceived post, or to check reviews tagged with your name. If there’s anything damaging you cannot remove, be proactive, own and explain it upfront. Not necessarily in your resume, but in a phone call, interview, or even in a cover letter. Do NOT wait to be asked. Always remember your interactions on these platforms are public and potentially permanent.
Give. Networking isn’t just about what your contacts can do for you, they’re also looking for jobs, candidates, and information about open positions. Be generous, and you’ll be remembered when your contacts hear about the perfect position for you. This is especially true for Executive Recruiters, they appreciate and reward those who are willing to make their jobs easier.
Manners. Business etiquette is essential. Hiring influencers, especially gatekeepers, aren’t always at the top of the food chain. You never know who will find themselves with the ability to offer your name as a great candidate. We’ve also all heard the tale of the job seeker who cut off a car in the parking lot only to find that his interviewer was that driver. It’s also worth mentioning that some companies, just like some colleges, when interviewing recruits will ask the opinions of everyone who interacted with the candidates to help them decide who continues in the process. From janitor to CEO, be kind.