How to be headhunted


There are fundamental changes occurring to the way in which executives now find great work. SHK was founded to help harness the opportunities created by this change.

The first step in being headhunted is to make sure that you are known to search consultants. You can do this at SHK by submitting your CV, or directly contacting one of our consultants for a confidential career discussion.

We understand the most effective ways to access opportunities that are not advertised, or may not even exist until we facilitate them. This is the hidden market and we’re specialists in it.

By ensuring that your background, capability and details are readily searchable, you will increase the likelihood of being contacted about suitable opportunities. It’s important to have a high-quality profile on LinkedIn. We also encourage you to follow SHK on Linkedin and to join pre-eminent industry networking groups.

Additionally, you may consider attending industry events and presenting at industry forums to enhance your market profile.

We suggest you return ‘personal’ calls promptly. A headhunt call will not usually be declared as such. Make sure that any assistant who may field your calls is not hindering your prospects by screening your calls too officiously.

Always be prepared to listen to our search consultant’s brief, even if you may be relatively happy in your current position. If you are too dismissive of an approach, you are not likely to be contacted again in the future. Similarly, if you are asked by a headhunter for possible referrals, it’s helpful to suggest some suitable candidates without compromising your current employer.

Many successful careers have been built on relationships with headhunters.