1. Use the right platforms
If you are an HR manager, LinkedIn Recruiter is a great way to start networking. For your search, make sure to use the geographical location tool and the right keywords. Don’t forget to take out your no-headhunt company list – i.e. the competitors with whom you have agreed you will not poach employees from eachother.
Next to that, check out Dux Soup to expand your network in specific areas and use LinkedIn to congratulate connections when they have new jobs. You can also post jobs in relevant groups like the Life Sciences Professionals Hub.
For job-seekers, you can see if there are any relevant LinkedIn groups posting job offers. It’s also always a good idea to check universities and ‘Hogescholen’ as well as platforms like Monsterboard and Nationale Vacaturebank. Of course Panda International will present a lot of great opportunities so be sure to regularly check the job portal.
2. Connect with the right people.
If you are a future recruiter, LinkedIn and your past and current clients are your best friends. Focus on building trustworthy and long-term relationships. For more tips on that, you can check out our article ‘How to build a network for success’ or ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’
If you are currently looking for a job within Life Sciences, everyone who works in the field – even Panda’s competitors – are relevant to your search. Besides this, you can try to connect with HR managers as they post opportunities sometimes and might know of a job for you.
3. Use keywords
Generally speaking, you should use the title of the job you are working on whilst searching but also abbreviations, full search terms, and spelling mistakes. Adding an extra skill to specify a certain candidate pool is always a good idea too.
Apply these 3 tips to your head-hunt or job-search to use LinkedIn to its full potential and start seeing your network quality growing – who says better network, says better opportunities!