7 Tips for Connecting With Today’s Recruiters

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.

7 Tips for Connecting With Today’s Recruiters

Be Readily Employable

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.

Have A Clear Resume

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.

Gain Exposure On Quality Social Sites

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.

Be Articulate

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.

Understand What Mutually Beneficial Means

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.

Make Sure Your Skills & Experience Fit The Job Description

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.

Make A Commitment To Professionalism

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.

About the Author

By , on Jan 4, 2013
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of WorkSaveLive.com.

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  1. Good tips, Andy… I like this post.

    You should always tailor your resume to the job that you are hoping to get. Your skills and experience can be oriented in many different ways, and you need to make sure that your resume jumps out of the stack.

    • This is what I was going to say. It’s good to have several different versions of your resume and spend time tailoring your resume to the specific job you’re about to apply for before sending it in. This can go a long way to get you noticed in addition to what has been mentioned above.

  2. I have a professional linked in page, but haven’t put my effort into keeping it up to date. I guess I should probably reconsider that in case I decide to start looking again. A good friend of mine says you should always be looking, even when you’re not really interested in a new job because you never know what opportunities will present themselves.

  3. CF says:

    I got my most recent job by reaching out and taking time to chat with a recruiter one-on-one. They were visiting the university where I was working and doing an info session for students. I explained my background and skills, asked if they had full time positions available and if she’d be available to chat over coffee. She readily agreed and we really connected. The next day, she personally gave my resume to several teams. I interviewed and was presented with a job offer about a week and a half after that.

    I think you really need to make an effort to make an impact on a recruiter. Don’t just be the 10th person in line after a recruiting session. Ask for a job, not a business card.

  4. Thad P says:

    Spot on Andy. There are so many people in the job market that as a potential new hire you have to stand out from the crowd. It is simply too easy to look at other candidates. These are very timely suggestions!

  5. Related to your first point, one thing that a career coach recently told me is that you need to ask around to make sure you know what skills and abilities companies are looking for at the level you are trying to get a job at.

  6. Interesting article, Andy. One thing that caught my eye was ‘be readily employable’. In the UK we have something called the ‘employability agenda’ and I have published academic articles about it – I would argue that ‘being readily employable’ with the skills employers want is not possible in principle. One way to interpret this would be that being emloyable mean having broad competencies that make you flexible and a fast learner – otherwise whatever courses you do, economy and industry currently are developing so fast that by the time you have learned skills they are likely to be obsolete.

    • Andy says:

      While I understand what you’re saying, I don’t think people should make it a habit of not trying to improve themselves and staying up-to-date on the latest/greatest technology (or information) simply because the skills MAY be obsolete. Taking continuing education courses, subscribing to industry magazines and trade journals, and doing everything you can to stay cutting-edge is a great way to set yourself a part and be more readily employable than the average Joe.

  7. Pauline says:

    Together with gaining exposure online goes making sure your profiles are professional or you keep them private. A party picture can cost you a job..

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