Leveraging Relationships with RecruitersRecruiters are always on the lookout for the best talent for their clients. You can also bet that at this level the company has handed the task of finding candidates to external recruiters (which would explain why HR can’t help you). As such it’s important to maintain and develop your relationships with recruiters. Take their calls and listen to what they have to say. Connect with them on LinkedIn. Let them know you are available and help them with applicable leads. Remember that recruiters are in direct contact with the company, so if anyone is going to to be able to set up a meeting it’s them.
Joining Local BoardsJoining local boards is a great way to network and meet with your area’s top executives. You can offer to become the head of local chapters for your professional organization, join community boards or join business networking organizations. The important part here is not to just be a member of an organization and instead take an active part in leading it. This is where you will meet other execs, not at their happy hour events.
Start With Your Personal NetworkIf you don’t know where to start in terms of getting to the right people look no further than your own personal network. Send emails and ask to see if anyone has any leads or ins. You can also take it a step further by using LinkedIn’s “How You’re Connected” feature. You’d be surprised at just how many contacts you can meet just through your personal network.
Start with Hiring ManagersIf the executive assistant won’t budge and HR is of no use to you, you can still work with other contacts within the company to get what you need. One thing you can do is start by connecting with the lower levels of management and then working your way up the ladder. It’s much easier to get a hold of a hiring manager than it is to get a hold of a top executive. Each connection can then open the door to the next level.
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