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Published on: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Six-Figure Hotline: Introducing Yourself to Recruiters


As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.

In one such teleconference, I was joined by Patricia Romboletti, an ExecuNet networking meeting facilitator and executive career search expert, and a member asked us, "Is it possible and appropriate to introduce yourself to the posting recruiter or company if you see a job posting that isn’t quite right?"

Here is some of what we had to say:

It would be a disconnect to reach out to a recruiter pretending to be interested in a position. But it's okay if you say you aren't a fit for the position but have someone in mind who could be and in the course of the conversation you ask if you can be kept in their files for other searches. Make sure you connect with them on ExecuNet and LinkedIn. These are the first places recruiters go when they first get an assignment. If you are a direct connection you will be one of the first people they consider. And when you fill out your profile, make sure it goes beyond the basics. there are places to share information about who you are and what you are passionate about. recruiters read those profiles looking to get to know you... so let them.

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Dave Opton's avatarDave Opton
Dave Opton founded ExecuNet in 1988 to provide a trusted environment where senior-level executives could build career opportunities by facilitating connections to other executives, experts and key market insights. Dave has drawn upon his 35 years of experience in human resources to develop and grow what has become the leading business and career membership network for executives and senior managers. A widely recognized executive career management expert, Dave is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Fast Company, and other leading business publications. Mr. Opton received his BA from Indiana University.

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