Whether you’re looking for a new job, or you’re open to other prospects that are out there, it’s becoming more common to find employment opportunities through recruiters. If you’re in the market for a job, the following are some tips for connecting with recruiters:
Understand the benefits of working with recruiters
More and more companies these days are hiring outside recruiters to bring qualified job candidates to them for open positions. This means that if you’re responding to a job ad that’s posted online, there’s a good chance you’re responding to a recruiter’s ad.
Recruiters usually have multiple jobs they’re helping to fill from various companies at any given time. Even if you don’t get the job you initially applied for, they can use your qualifications to help match you up with other positions that you might be a good fit for. You might be notified about job postings right when they go online, or even before they do. The bottom line: working with a recruiter can save you a lot of time, and can potentially bring a lot more opportunities to your attention.
Reach out to them first
If you’re looking for work, reach out to staffing agencies in your area and send them your resume. Tell them what type of work you’re looking for specifically. You may need to attend an initial face-to-face interview. After meeting with a recruiter, he or she would then notify you of available opportunities that meet your interests and qualifications. Some staffing agencies specialize in certain industries, which can work in your favor. For example, some companies only help place people that work in the creative field.
Optimize your LinkedIn profile
Recruiters will often initiate contact with candidates that they believe would be a good fit for a job that they need to fill, and LinkedIn is a popular platform for recruiters to find potential job candidates. Ensure that recruiters can find you by listing your city, experience, and keywords that highlight your job skills and the type of work you’re interested in. In addition to LinkedIn, you may want to increase your online presence overall to show your passion and knowledge in your industry. For example, you may want to consider starting a blog that focuses on topics directly related to the career field you’re working in.
Take advantage of networking opportunities
Another great way to get in touch with recruiters is by meeting them face-to-face at networking events in your area. Career fairs and expos, for example, are a good way to connect with people in your industry, including recruiters.
Once you’re in touch with a recruiter, it’s important to remember that this person will be a liaison between you and hiring managers. You want to sell yourself by sharing your passion, enthusiasm, experience, and qualifications. You want to make sure that the recruiter is confident in you as a candidate, so that he or she is willing to vouch for you and set you up for job interviews. If you don’t stand out, a recruiter may be less likely to recommend you for a position that you could’ve been perfect for, or may even forget about you completely.
Build a relationship
Instead of connecting with tons of recruiters in your area, work on building a relationship with just one or two who specialize in your field, especially if a recruiter you’re working with matches you up with a job. Even after you get a job with that recruiter’s help, maintaining that business relationship may help you out in the future if your employment situation changes.
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