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Methods for making jobs in banking come to you

There's a lot of fishing for restructuring specialists

It’s a cliché, but unfortunately true: looking for a job is itself a full time job, just without the camaraderie, commute and compensation associated with actual employment. If you eliminate the hassle of looking for work, you could have a lot of free time to spend meandering about in the sun.

How can you make top banking headhunters come to you? We asked some top headhunters, and some careers advisors. This is what they said.

1. Make sure your social media presence is impeccable 

Most headhunters have their own proprietary 'market maps' which tell them who's working where and what they do there. Nevertheless, they are also prone to scouring the web in search of potential hires. If you have a comprehensive presence on social media, they're more likely to come across you and call you up.

"Whatever Google shows when people search for your name has effectively become your CV," says Janet Moran of The CV House, a CV writing specialist which works with senior banking professionals. "You need to make sure that the information that's publicly available about you on the web is comprehensive and accurate."

2. Maximize your personal SEO

Just as companies spend fortunes on search engine optimization to ensure they rank near the top of Google searches, so you need to optimize your CV. Whether recruiters are searching an online CV database or the web, your CV is a piece of content and it needs to be as searchable as possible.

Moran advises that you spend some time studying advertisements for the kinds of jobs you're interested in. Look at the skills they're asking for and the words that are used to describe these skills. Weave these deftly into your online CV or profile.

"You need to know the skills and experience that your target audience is looking for and then target your CV towards that audience," says Moran. "It sounds simple, but a lot of people don't do it."

3. Increase your visibility in every way possible 

If you want jobs to come to you, you need to be visible. Having excellent personal SEO is one way of increasing your visibility, but it's not the only way.

Headhunters will often talk to clients to get soundings about who the best bankers are in a particular market said Stéphane Rambosson, managing partner at search firm the Veni Group. "You need to make sure that clients will give you good references," said Rambosson. "Do your job well and devote time to making sure clients say nice things about you."

It will also help if you're named in the press, or speak at conferences. In some instances, Rambosson said senior M&A bankers have been known to hire personal press officers to help manage their image in the market.

4. Get colleagues and ex-colleagues to recommend you 

"The best way for a headhunter to find you is when you're recommended by one or two respected people," says Oliver Rolfe, managing director at the Spartan Partnership. "If any of us get a recommendation from a client in particular, we are likely to take a candidate more seriously."

5. Resort to extreme measures 

If you're truly desperate and aren't averse to possible humiliation, you can walk the streets wearing a sandwich board. This will take time, but will get out in the sun. You could also spend several hundred pounds on a conspicuously placed billboard advertising your availability.

AUTHORSarah Butcher Global Editor
  • An
    10 July 2013

    From 'A Far Cry from Kensington' by Muriel Spark - wish it'd help in any way (at least lightening up for a few minutes)

    "When you are looking for a job the best thing to do is to tell everyone, high and humble, and keep reminding them please to look out for you. This advice is not guaranteed to find you a job, but it is remarkable how suitable jobs can be found through the most unlikely people. For instance, if you are looking for a job as a management consultant or a television anouncer, and can do the job, you will naturally apply for the jobs available, advertised in the normal papers, known to the appropriate agencies and to friends in the field of business. But you should also tell the postman, the mechanic in the garage, the waiter in the restaurant, the hotel porter, the grocer, the butcher, the daily domestic help; you should tell everyone, including people you meet on the train.

    "It is surprising how many people subterraneously believe in destiny. The word goes round, and in a relaxed moment a businessman will listen with interest to the barman or the doorman. Hearing of the very person he is looking for, he might well think that luck has come his way, and arrange to see the applicant next day. There is involved that fine feeling and boast: 'I just happened to be looking for an accountant, and do you know I got a first-class fellow through the barman at the Goat.' People love coincidence, destiny, a lucky chance. It is worth telling everyone if you want a job. In any case, while you are looking for a job you are always walking in the dark."

  • Ke
    9 July 2013

    Sounds like switching to another business is less painful. And probably a better investment timewise.

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