Searching for a job isn’t fun, and if there is anybody out there who found it enjoyable, I would be most interested to hear from them. For most people, it is a stressful, time consuming and gruelling experience. The changing economic climate has only made it more difficult than ever before to look for a job with the average job search now taking six months, and even more depending on the type of industry.
The main challenge for companies is to find the right quality of expertise which is becoming harder to find. An ageing workforce and lesser quality fresh talent coming off the conveyor belt is making recruitment and retention a number 1 challenge for companies. We are now entering a whole new age of employee engagement and retention where companies need to be on the front foot in the identification, development and preservation of quality talent.
This challenge is now forcing many companies to become more innovative with their recruiting methods. Some companies have embraced social media and incorporated it into their recruiting apparatus, while others remain more loyal to traditional forms of recruiting via advertising in newspapers, job boards etc. Increasingly, many companies employ the services of a headhunter to help them find and attract talent. As we progress in this information age, technology is going to play an even more significant role. As individuals, we are going to be better connected, and that means we will be more visible to the outside world. If your name exists anywhere in print or online, the chances are you are likely to get an email or a call from a headhunter.
So if a headhunter called you, why should you entertain their call? First, they have probably contacted you about a job that isn’t advertised anywhere publicly. Headhunters have access to the ‘hidden job market’, so if they called you, it’s because they think you might be suitable for a new challenge. Second, even if you do not display a genuine interest in what they want to talk to you about, it’s probably worth keeping in touch with them as you never know what the future holds. A good headhunter will be a very well connected person who could put you in touch with potential future opportunities. So if you have a particular skillset and haven’t had a call from a headhunter, you should expect one in the not too distant future.
Photo credit: CELALTEBER