Success can be defined in many ways, shape and form. If you are an employee, don’t feel bad about it. There are times when I wish I had the freedom of time, money and no boss that I need to serve. Well, I guess I never got to that situation yet. An honest confession, I currently have a huge debt of almost 3 times my yearly salary that I need to serve after trying to achieve the freedom of time, money and no boss to serve. I got cheated, duped and failed miserably. However, I know that I can bounce back stronger than before. That’s how life teaches you a lesson.
Enough about my failure, I want to write about my experience being sought after by these job recruiters. A few years back, I had to change jobs because of some unfortunate circumstances of the company that I served at that time. Basically, at the moment I’m back at the same company because I can’t resist the complacent working environment but I’ll try to write on that later. After going to almost 10 job interviews, a job recruiter spotted me on this site called ‘Monster’ which was a big job recruitment website and hook me up with a job interview that landed me a job offer for big public listed local IT company. I chose to accept a smaller company because of the permanent status rather than contract and stayed there for more than a year.
The point here is when you are good at your job and even when your resume sucks, you can always try further on the next round like I did. I never had a degree in IT, furthermore, my only qualification is a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in Automotive but how did I end up in the IT world. My only answer would be because of my passion. So, if you have passion you can definitely survive anywhere you go.
Recently I tried to update my Jobstreet profile after 4 years of dormancy. Suddenly a ‘Job Opportunity’ landed in my inbox.
The job description given was very interesting and if I was 5 years younger, I would have definitely grab it. So, if you are interested in a change in career or a job opportunity such as this one, do contact me or the guy in the screenshot above. I would love to communicate with a ‘younger me’. ;-D
I didn’t answer the topic of this blog post. Well if you ask me, a few ways you can try to get headhunted is to:
- Advertise and expose yourself. Don’t be scared to be different from the rest of your peers. If you have a blog, write about yourself on your blog, social media account profile, Linkedin or anywhere you can get spotted.
- Register yourself to all job recruitment agency. If you found a job recruitment website, register an account with them. If there is a ‘Job Fair’ in your area, attend and drop your resume, your name card if you have one or a note to the guy or girl at the job booth.
- Network with a fellow headhunted guy such as myself. What a headhunter would probably look for are recommendations by trusted sources. If I find out that you are good and there are opportunities for you to go further, I will definitely recommend you to the headhunters I know (I have a classmate who is an experienced head hunter).
There you have it, a combined answer with some of my experience after being absent from this blog for a while. I never thought it feels so good to write a decent blog post again. I should really write more often. Until next time my fellow readers.