In today’s ultra-competitive business environment, quality talent acquisition is what gives companies a competitive edge. While technological innovation and new digital paradigms may help enterprises grow, people are still the primary drivers of business success. With that in mind, it’s imperative you understand precisely what recruiters want in the candidates they consider.
A 2012 survey by Talent Technology (The State of Recruiting survey) stated that organizations’ two biggest recruiting challenges are finding good candidates and filling positions fast. Contemporary recruiters are business-savvy. They know exactly what they’re looking for; they use recruiting software and other strategies to expedite their candidate searches.
As their ability to analyze candidates increases, so must your ability to get on their radar.
Being readily employable with a skill set employers require answers their concerns for filling positions fast. Continuing education in your field – through formal and self-study – can set you apart as one ‘who’s ready’ when employers come calling. Gaining practical experience through mentorship programs, volunteer opportunities, and in jobs associated with your primary career choice help to ensure you’re readily employable.
A concise resume gains you a good reputation with a recruiter. They are busy individuals. According to the aforementioned survey, recruiters spend three hours each day sourcing candidates. This is in addition to reading resumes, filling job vacancies, keeping up-to-date on industry trends and more. Make sure their reading experience of your resume is an enjoyable one and provides them the precise information they require.
To be visible to recruiters today, you must go where recruiters go (digitally speaking). Simply uploading a resume to a career site is not enough. A majority of recruiting professionals access Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to search for candidates.
Clear communication via your written cover letter and resume is vital. However, so is clear verbal communication from you, in-person. In an interview with a recruiter, you must articulate clearly, why you believe you’re the person for the job. You must accurately convey your skills, education, and capabilities and have satisfying answers to questions a recruiter asks of you.
This is the Golden Rule of job/career search. You must offer something that benefits a potential employer, just as you wish them to offer something that benefits you. If you desire a good position with room for advancement, truly offer the employer a significant skill set and dedication to continual learning in their enterprise.
Recruiters love candidates who do their homework. Diligent, studious job searchers understand exactly what a recruiter in a specific company wants for a specific position. They do not haphazardly send out resumes hoping one will ‘hit’, knowing it most likely will ‘miss’. Instead, they target their skills and experience to the exact position that requires them. Consequently, these candidates do not waste theirs, or the recruiter’s time.
Every interaction with a recruiter and their company is important. They are measuring you against their standards and making decisions based on your professionalism or lack thereof. From your attitude, the way you dress, your words, and the way you talk about a current or past employer – a recruiter notices your professionalism and senses whether you will be a good fit for their company.
Consider the above 7 tips for connecting with today’s recruiters. Dedicate your efforts to diligently addressing each of these elements. This will give you the best chance of landing a good position and advancing your career and income goals.
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