• Bored with your current job and want a new challenge? Management Today contributor Gary Elden, CEO of recruitment firm SThree Plc, reveals how to get yourself noticed by a top recruiter.

    Bored with your current job and want a new challenge? Management Today contributor Gary Elden, CEO of recruitment firm SThree Plc, reveals how to get yourself noticed by a top recruiter.

  • PLAN YOUR NEXT MOVE:  Work out the direction you want to take in your professional life. Do you want more money? Are you seeking a career change? Whatever your reason, you must decipher your key reasons for leaving your current job, and the criteria for your future role.

    PLAN YOUR NEXT MOVE: Work out the direction you want to take in your professional life. Do you want more money? Are you seeking a career change? Whatever your reason, you must decipher your key reasons for leaving your current job, and the criteria for your future role.

  • UPDATE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE:  Maintaining an impressive LinkedIn profile and networks with previous clients and colleagues demonstrates your communication and social skills, and will attract companies to your profile. In addition, make sure you add keywords that reflect the sort of job you are seeking to your profile; this will ensure you come up when recruiters are searching LinkedIn.

    UPDATE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE: Maintaining an impressive LinkedIn profile and networks with previous clients and colleagues demonstrates your communication and social skills, and will attract companies to your profile. In addition, make sure you add keywords that reflect the sort of job you are seeking to your profile; this will ensure you come up when recruiters are searching LinkedIn.

  • DON'T FORGET YOUR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA:  Make sure your professional and outside-of-work social media profiles are consistent; if you say one thing on LinkedIn, make sure you are not contradicting or doing yourself damage through Facebook. Check your privacy settings - you could inadvertently be sharing embarrassing images or posts with the world.

    DON'T FORGET YOUR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Make sure your professional and outside-of-work social media profiles are consistent; if you say one thing on LinkedIn, make sure you are not contradicting or doing yourself damage through Facebook. Check your privacy settings - you could inadvertently be sharing embarrassing images or posts with the world.

  • GOOGLE YOURSELF:  What comes up? Start commenting on industry-specific content, tweeting about issues that are relevant to your sector, and creating a professional digital presence that shows your know your stuff.

    GOOGLE YOURSELF: What comes up? Start commenting on industry-specific content, tweeting about issues that are relevant to your sector, and creating a professional digital presence that shows your know your stuff.

  • MAKE SURE YOUR CV IS UP-TO-DATE:  You should be proactive in condensing the content that sells you – this starts with your CV, whether online or in paper form.  A clear and structured format is advantageous.  It should consist of a profile introduction and skill set, and an overview of previous valuable experience. It is also important to state any previous flagship projects with past employers.

    MAKE SURE YOUR CV IS UP-TO-DATE: You should be proactive in condensing the content that sells you – this starts with your CV, whether online or in paper form. A clear and structured format is advantageous. It should consist of a profile introduction and skill set, and an overview of previous valuable experience. It is also important to state any previous flagship projects with past employers.

  • EDIT YOUR CV FOR THE JOB YOU WANT:  Don't forget to adapt your CV, highlighting the capabilities that would make you suitable for the specific role or job. Focus on the relevant experience.

    EDIT YOUR CV FOR THE JOB YOU WANT: Don't forget to adapt your CV, highlighting the capabilities that would make you suitable for the specific role or job. Focus on the relevant experience.

  • DON'T BE A SHRINKING VIOLET:  Candidates with an abundance of ambition are far more likely to be noticed by prospective employers.

    DON'T BE A SHRINKING VIOLET: Candidates with an abundance of ambition are far more likely to be noticed by prospective employers.

  • EXPLAIN ANY GAPS IN EMPLOYMENT:  Make sure the projects you are listing were for a considerable period of time, for any lack of direction or inability to remain in a role could put a potential employer off. Normally, anything under six months is not an appropriate length to include on your CV, unless it was for a fixed contract and time period, for example, a leading role during London 2012.

    EXPLAIN ANY GAPS IN EMPLOYMENT: Make sure the projects you are listing were for a considerable period of time, for any lack of direction or inability to remain in a role could put a potential employer off. Normally, anything under six months is not an appropriate length to include on your CV, unless it was for a fixed contract and time period, for example, a leading role during London 2012.

  • GIVE EXAMPLES:  Explain how you solved a complex issue or finished a successful project. You don't have to go into a huge amount of detail - just give an overview of how you completed the task effectively.

    GIVE EXAMPLES: Explain how you solved a complex issue or finished a successful project. You don't have to go into a huge amount of detail - just give an overview of how you completed the task effectively.

  • COURT THE RIGHT KIND OF RECRUITER:  Choosing the right recruitment consultant is essential.  You need a trusted advisor who can be your eyes and ears on the ground.  The right recruitment consultant will have the ability to find the best suitable positions, and ensure you are applying to the right companies.

    COURT THE RIGHT KIND OF RECRUITER: Choosing the right recruitment consultant is essential. You need a trusted advisor who can be your eyes and ears on the ground. The right recruitment consultant will have the ability to find the best suitable positions, and ensure you are applying to the right companies.

  • CREATE A PERSONAL WEBSITE:  It's never been easier or cheaper to create your own website. This can act as a shop window for your skills. List awards you've won, articles you've written or contributed to, and include a way to contact you.

    CREATE A PERSONAL WEBSITE: It's never been easier or cheaper to create your own website. This can act as a shop window for your skills. List awards you've won, articles you've written or contributed to, and include a way to contact you.

  • ATTEND INDUSTRY EVENTS:  Increase your visibility in the real world and make friends with people who are in your target sector/career. Recruiters have wide networks. A chance conversation at an industry event could lead to that all-important introduction or recommendation.

    ATTEND INDUSTRY EVENTS: Increase your visibility in the real world and make friends with people who are in your target sector/career. Recruiters have wide networks. A chance conversation at an industry event could lead to that all-important introduction or recommendation.

  • ACT FAST:  Some senior positions may only come up a couple of times a year. Make sure you respond to enquiries quickly - if you leave a recruiter waiting too long, they may move on to a different candidate.

    ACT FAST: Some senior positions may only come up a couple of times a year. Make sure you respond to enquiries quickly - if you leave a recruiter waiting too long, they may move on to a different candidate.

  • CHECK OUT A PROFESSIONAL POACHING SERVICE:  There are websites and apps out there, created to help unhappy employees find a new job - while keeping their current boss in the dark. Two popular options are Anthology (formerly Poachable) and Poacht.

    CHECK OUT A PROFESSIONAL POACHING SERVICE: There are websites and apps out there, created to help unhappy employees find a new job - while keeping their current boss in the dark. Two popular options are Anthology (formerly Poachable) and Poacht.

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