We would love to meet you and work with you! We are passionate about helping people find exciting new positions, especially technology leaders.
Our direct clients are the companies that hire us to recruit technology leaders for their organizations. We certainly couldn’t be successful without you, but for us, the leadership opportunities come first. We represent candidates when we are engaged with clients on leadership searches.
That means we’d love to add you to our list of leaders for consideration. It’s the best way for us to be aware of you, understand your interests, and then contact you when we have the right opportunities. We reach out when we are actively searching for talent on behalf of a client. We don’t plan to list these searches on our website, so feel free to check in with us occasionally to get an update on our current client needs.
Please fill in the form below, attach your CV/resume, and submit so we can get you into our system. Or, send an email to us at email@example.com with the information outlined below. In both cases, we will acknowledge receipt of your information. We promise not to let it fall into a black hole!
Gnu Talent can be a valuable asset for you in your search, but we are just one avenue for you. Until we
have an opportunity that would interest you, here are some helpful ideas as you network for your next
Tips for Candidates
1) LinkedIn. Make sure your LinkedIn profile represents you well. If you were to write your ideal job description (JD), sprinkle the key words from that JD throughout your LI profile, including them in your tagline, summary, and positions. This is how recruiters will find you for the types of opportunities you're ideally looking for. Get and give recommendations and endorsements. (Steer clear of quid pro quos whenever possible.) And be active on LinkedIn with likes, congrats, shares, value-added comments on posts, and other activities.
Leverage LinkedIn’s “Open to new opportunities” function. Don’t just turn it on, be deliberate about the content. Recruiters do look at this section and it can be powerful for you. Add an intro (what are you passionate about?), list only a few job titles you’re after, list cities you’re open to relocating to, list only a few industries you’re interested in (otherwise leave it blank).
2) Network (n.). You will likely find your next position through your network. Make sure people in your personal and professional networks know that you’re looking (unless it's a confidential search), and be sure that they know exactly what you’re looking for. Be very specific about the type of role/position you’re interested in. The more generic/broad you are, the less people will be able to help you.
3) Network (v.). Network like your next job depends on it. Become a networking guru, but do it in a way that fits who you are, and allows you to enjoy it. When networking for a new position, here are some ways to be more effective:
Commit to taking one action every day to grow your network.
Be specific and clear about the type of position you’re looking for.
The more generic/broad you are, the easier it is for people to miss opportunities you'd be interested in.
Don’t just search for a new job, listen for opportunities to help others. Give more than you get.
Be very flexible with days, times and locations. Make it easy for people to meet with you.
Send out an email update (bcc’s only) every four weeks or so to your growing network. Let them know that you’re still looking, the types of positions/titles you’re looking for, and any specific companies you might be targeting.
Set up a consulting business and seek out consulting opportunities. This will keep you professionally active, broaden your network, help you develop other skills, and keep you mentally engaged. It is definitely okay to search for a full-time position while also letting people know you’d take on the right consulting opportunities as well.
4) Matt Youngquist. Matt is an awesome resource for those in the job hunt. Sign up for his information-packed newsletter, and consider signing up for courses that he offers as well. Check out his firm here: Career Horizons.
5) Professional organizations. Join professional organizations and become active in them. Society for Information Management (SIM), The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), and Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) are three good ones to consider. There are many more. Ask your peers what groups they belong to.
6) Volunteer. Consider volunteering with non-profit organizations, especially at the board, committee, or task-force level. Volunteering can be energizing, fulfilling, and a great way to expand your network.
And be sure to check in with us to learn about our current search or to ask any questions you may have.
All the very best in your search!
John & Brian