As a senior in my field, but very unhappy in my current institution, I am eager to move. My high REF score/productivity and ongoing Impact mean, even before grants, I cost less to employ on a fractional Chair, such as I currently hold, than I bring in. But there is a limit to how many fishing conversations I can have with colleagues elsewhere without these getting back to my current employer. Plus it becomes generally unprofessional.
So I am looking to post with academic headhunters (I know they're relatively rare, but they are used, especially for this kind of post).
Google search reveals firms who are only interested in approaches by institutions.
What are effective strategies for finding and connecting, discreetly, with academic head hunters?