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How to get noticed by a talent acquisition team

Attracting talent is a critical factor for every company, and often makes the difference between achieving market success or suffering market failure. As a talent acquisition leader, I spend my day sourcing, attracting and recruiting employees. This means hours of identifying and vetting not simply candidates who are looking for a job, but also drawing in the industry’s best and brightest. Prospective employees aren’t necessarily looking to make a change, but sometimes the better company, with the faster career track, has to go to them.

If you are an up-and-comer in your field, don’t hide your light under a bushel. To get that dream job, you need to do more than keep your resume updated. Here are a few tips that can help raise your profile and catch the eye of a hungry talent acquisition team member:

Develop a Robust Online Presence

LinkedIn – These days, LinkedIn is the go-to site for talent acquisition professionals. Therefore, optimize your LinkedIn profile by keeping it up-to-date with recent projects, new skills and experiences, and glowing testimonials that highlight your achievements and corroborate your qualifications.

You want to pay special attention to experiences and activities that relate to the career you are pursuing. Also, in your summary profile, use strong, descriptive language that is brief but captivating.

Twitter – Twitter has become an important feature in today’s job quest. With Twitter, you can enhance your visibility by tweeting industry insights, posing interesting questions and retweeting key industry thought leaders and influencers. By engaging with the professional community, you can develop a reputation, demonstrate your knowledge of trends, and communicate your insights on important issues that affect the industry.

Write an industry or specialty area blog – This is a great way to develop a name in the industry. You should also follow other bloggers and post insightful, relevant comments that get a conversation going – and help you gain visibility. Think of it as digital networking.

 Old-School Networking

When you step away from the computer and attend industry-related events, you stand a great chance of meeting people who can turbo-charge your career. It’s also an opportunity to signal your involvement and passion for your field, while learning and meeting new people.

Another way to get noticed is to get involved in your community. Most companies like to hire people who take the time to give back. Not only is it the right thing to do, but you also never know who you will meet — and impress — while collecting clothing for the homeless or helping to build a home for an underprivileged family.

With the economy in an upswing, more companies are experiencing significant growth. Achieving their goals will depend on attracting the best of the best. Whether you’re a hotshot or a diamond in the rough, even if you are not actively looking for a new job, you should be thinking strategically about your future.