A professional recruiter isn’t a nuisance call, or a minor gatekeeper to the jobs you want, they are hiring influencers you are fortunate to know, and should work hard to keep as valuable network connections.
Busy and in-demand, it can be difficult to connect with the right recruiters, but it’s worth the effort. A placement pro who specializes in your industry will often hear of great jobs before they are publicized, and can open doors you can’t reach without them.
What is a good recruiter looking for in a candidate?
- Buzzwords. The skills, experience, and education the client and employer requests; so be sure to advertise your skills and experience on your resume, social media, and in your elevator pitch.
- Values. Are you a good fit for the corporate culture? Do some research on your top 3-4 dream jobs. What are the values and culture like? If you’re a good match, emphasize that in your branding and on your resume.
- Passion. Do you love what you do? Enjoy your job? That enthusiasm and interest in your chosen field can make you feel like a great fit for a company looking for a leader and a positive addition.
- Confidence. This is a trait that is hard to fake, so make the time to practice the parts of the job search that make you feel the most unsure of yourself. Take a hint from the Boy Scouts, and be prepared. With enough practice, anxiety-inducing items like introductions and behavioural interview questions become second nature, and you’ll wow the recruiters and every other hiring influencer with your confidence.
How can you make and keep that connection?
- Offer value. The recruiter is a busy professional, searching for candidates, matching people to organizations and jobs, and exceeding client expectations. That’s quite the juggling act. Make it easy to stay connected to you by reaching out with news of open positions and possible candidates. Become a trusted source!
- Preparation. Nothing makes a recruiter look better than a chosen candidate who rocks the interview, impresses hiring influencers, and makes a splash. That happens when you do your research on the employer, put the effort into practicing your smile, handshake, and posture, and prepare thoroughly for everything from your introduction to your post-interview thank you note.
- Respect. Always answer emails and phone calls quickly, follow instructions, follow through on advice, and be prompt and polite. If you treat your recruiters as the valuable professional connections they are, they’ll remember you when it comes time to fill that dream position!