How to Get a Recruiter’s Attention

“So I look in your direction, and you pay me no attention do you? I know you don’t listen to me, ‘cause you say you see straight through me, don’t you?” – Coldplay 

While Coldplay wasn’t talking about recruiters in these lyrics, the feelings of candidates are much the same. They’ve posted on job boards, they’ve blasted recruiters’ email boxes, and no-one pays attention. No one calls. 

According to a recent Korn Ferry survey, the top five ways to get an executive recruiter’s attention are: 

  1. Work for a highly-regarded company (36%)
  2. Proactively develop relationships with recruiters
    in your region/industry (29%)
  3. Be the highest performer in your department/function (20%)
  4. Personal branding (11%)
  5. Take on high-profile, risky assignments (2%)

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