If you want to get headhunted make sure you don't have a Rotweiler secretary who keeps all callers at bay.
That was one of the tips for IT directors from headhunter Sophie Houstoun-Boswall, of CalibreOne.com at the IT Directors' Forum onboard the cruise ship Aurora last weekend.
"If someone calls on a 'personal matter' or is 'looking for advice' or just leaves their name, they may be a headhunter," she said.
Most organisations use outside help when looking to fill top jobs and IT directors need to be visible, receptive, and recognise headhunting approaches when they occur. "If they are not, they are probably not yet ready for the top jobs," she said.
Houstoun-Boswall stressed the need to network extensively. Even if you are not looking for a job it is still worth having a quick five- minute chat with a headhunter if they call, and make recommendations yourself - "what goes round comes round", she said.
At present, the biggest shortage, according to Houstoun-Boswall, is for managers who understand technology, but who can also take a company forward, to become chief technology officers of dotcom companies. However, there is a reluctance by IT directors to take a job with "technology" in the title.
This was first published in June 2000