At every career stage, the words you
need to hear when you want a new challenge are YOU'RE
t may not be Donald Trump speaking those fateful words, but odds
are soaring that you - the very person reading this now, whether
you're a newly minted MBA or a businessperson on the move -will be
hearing them soon.
What makes this moment so special is that for roughly four years,
those two words just weren't said very often. Companies weren't
recruiting, headhunters were hibernating, and your phone wasn't
ringing. Listen up now, however: The bells may soon be tolling for
"There's been a sharp turnaround in hiring activity," reports Tony
Lee, publisher of the Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal
.com. "This is the best since the 1990s."
So don't be surprised if, soon, you're part of a dance that begins
like this: "Are you interested in exploring possibilities at XYZ
company?" The speaker will be an executive recruiter - aka a
headhunter. And therein lies the challenge: What do you say to that
recruiter on the other end of the telephone line? How much do you
dare ask for? How outlandish can your requests for perks be? The
temptations may be luscious, but do you know the next step in this
Likely not, partly because of inactivity and partly because the
rules are changing. The good news is, we have 10 things you should
know to maximize your recruiting success. So, when the headhunter
calls, breathe deeply, ask for your dreams, and ask again. The
answer just may be a glorious yes.
1 Privacy, Please
The Internet is a double-edged sword for job seekers, according to
recruiters. On the one edge, the web makes it easy to investigate
companies, even midsize and private ones. Company job boards are
becoming better places to look for jobs; most large companies now
maintain fairly comprehensive job listings.