Looking for a job? Make yourself easy to find!

Whether you are actively looking for a job or just want to hear from recruiters from time to time, you have to get on the radar of executive search firm and staffing agency recruiters. Once you are found and entered into the recruiter’s database, you will hear about all those unadvertised jobs everyone has been whispering about.

To understand how to be found you have to think like a recruiter. Recruiters aren’t just looking for people that are looking for jobs. Recruiters are looking for candidates that are currently working in a job very similar to the one that the recruiter is trying to fill. So, recruiters search for people with specific titles, from specific companies and industries in places like LinkedIn, ZoomInfo and Jigsaw.

Most importantly, if you don’t already have a profile on LinkedIn, sign up and create one. If you do have a profile, make sure it includes:

* Your picture - and make sure it is a conservative head shot. The picture can be in a casual setting. You don’t have to be in a business suit. But don’t use that Facebook picture of yourself on the beach with friends, or hiding behind sunglasses, etc. Adding a picture gives you instant credibility and makes viewers feel like they already know you.

* Your complete profile. Treat your LinkedIn profile like an online resume - but make it a short one. List all of your relevant jobs and a summary of what you did in each role. Think about the keywords you use when searching for a job, and make sure those same keywords show up in your profile.

* Your title - this should be a functional title, something that expresses in broad, generic terms what you do, such as “Risk Manager” or “Project Manager” or “Recruiter”. Don’t use titles or acronyms that are unique to your company like “HR Specialist II” or “Account Rep for FSO”. Remember, recruiters will be searching for keywords in the title field. So reverse the process and think about the search terms you would use when looking for a job. Give yourself that title.

ZoomInfo collects information from company websites and press releases, pulls it all together and creates profiles for individuals. Recruiters regularly search these profiles to find candidates, so you should make sure you can be found here.

Go to ZoomInfo and search for your name.
* If you find a listing, “claim it” and update it.

* If you are not already listed, you can sign up for a free account and add your information to the ZoomInfo database. All you have to do is enter your contact info and current employer. You can add more information if you like.

* You will also have the opportunity in the “Additional Information” area to add links. Use this to connect your ZoomInfo profile to your LinkedIn profile, and to your blog or website.

Jigsaw collects business card type information and publishes it on line.

Go to Jigsaw and search for your name.
* If it is there, make sure it is correct.
* If not, create a free account and add your name and contact information.

Good luck with your job search!

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Comment by Justin David on March 18, 2009 at 5:05pm
Thanks for the tools Cathy. That was a great help!

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