4 heady ways to get noticed by headhunters

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A good job is hard to find. But in an improving job market, corporate headhunters and recruiters say it can be just as difficult to locate a qualified candidate to fill an open position as it is for workers to find their next job.

Make networking part of your career persona.

“While the use of recruiters varies by industry and job type, many job seekers fail to appreciate that often enough a recruiter might be looking for someone like them at the same time that they’re looking for a job,” says Eric C. Wentworth, co-author of “A Plan for Life: The 21st Century Guide to Success in Wealth, Health, Career, Education, Love, Place … and You!”

“Since nearly all professional recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary online resource for finding, vetting, contacting and matching job candidates with open positions, it’s essential to manage your presence there,” Wentworth says.

With 115 million registered users in the U.S. alone, it’s safe to say that most workers understand the importance of having a presence on LinkedIn. But having a presence and getting noticed — whether through social media or other means — are 2 different things. If you really want recruiters to notice you, you need to take a broader approach to networking and make it part of your career persona, rather than something you do only when you’re looking for a new job.

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