The hiring process can be overwhelming. With interview preparation, résumé updates, follow up emails, and research, there are a lot of moving parts. In some instances, a recruiter may help the process run more smoothly.

To see if an Executive Recruiter may be the right fit for you, it helps to have an understanding of the executive search process. While online job boards are great places to discover the kinds of roles that are open, senior-level opportunities are often handled exclusively by Executive Recruiters and are often highly confidential. More senior roles are filled by retained executive search consultants (26 percent) than any other hiring process.

The first step in the recruiting process is connecting with the right Executive Recruiter. If you know the industry in which you’d like to work, determine if there’s a specialized firm like ForceBrands that focuses exclusively on building consumer brands. And once you get your résumé in the door, there are things candidates can do to help push their candidacy forward in the process.

Read on to explore some advice on how to capture the attention of Executive Recruiters and make yourself a viable candidate for senior-level positions.

Forge relevant connections

Being well connected within the space will help give you an edge on the competition. “Connect with people you know, and reach out to those you may not know who are actively working in industries that interest you,” Alexandra Clarke, ForceBrands’ Chief Growth Officer, said. “Join relevant LinkedIn groups that align with your interests and skills, and don’t be afraid to engage and ask for introductions.” Having these connections will let recruiters know you’re invested in the industry and will make you more marketable (and easier for recruiters to pitch you to clients).

Highlight your skills and experiences online

Your online presence can play a major role in getting in front of hiring managers.

“Your LinkedIn profile is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to networking and being discovered by hiring managers in today’s candidate-driven job market,” Clarke said. “Think of it as your online résumé.”

But instead of spending time wondering if you’ve used the best keywords to draw attention to your online profile, focus on highlighting the skills that will be needed to succeed at the next level. Make sure your online presence emphasizes the number and size of teams you’ve led, your planning and budgeting expertise, as well as any change or crisis management experience you’ve had. Emphasizing your desire to move to the next level while showcasing your proven ability to succeed will go a long way.

Never miss a call

Finally, never miss a call from an Executive Recruiter. Even if you aren’t interested in taking another job at the moment, every conversation with a recruiter is an opportunity to showcase your skills, expertise, and ambition. Being upfront with recruiters about your intended career direction and what you are or aren’t willing to do (ie: relocation) can also help to better identify the roles you’d be a good fit for. Finally, always follow these conversations with a thank you note, as well as an invitation to connect on networking sites. Building connections now will pay off down the line.

Ready to get started? Connect with one of ForceBrands’ Executive Recruiters.

ForceBrands offers end-to-end hiring solutions for all stages of growth. Whether you’re just starting to hire or are looking for the next step in your career, we’re here to help you be a positive Force that makes an impact.