Good advice on LinkedIn from Fiona Cochran of Australian search firm Arete Executive. Fiona explains who so few executives are recruited via job boards and talks about the importance of networking.
Networking always makes sense but there are only so many hours on the day.
Registering on GatedTalent is always free to the executive and gets you "on the radar" and in front of search firms from around the World. It's a great way to be found and far more worthwhile than applying for specific positions!
Candidates need to appreciate how fruitless the online job application process will most likely turn out for them. If we are working on a General Manager/ Executive C-suite role and the client would like the role advertised, then we can guarantee at least 150+ applicants – all accomplished business leaders. Being the ‘first choice’ in that environment is extremely difficult to achieve, particularly when the employer, or indeed a third-party recruiter, may have an established relationship with a candidate whom they already know is a good operator. Thus, don’t rely on job boards to bring you your next role.