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This will be short and sweet today because I wanted to point you to this article directly about how to best approach recruiters: Why Recruiters Ignore You (and What to Do Differently)
Richard Kirby is a well-respected colleague with some great insights on how to give a positive impression to recruiters. Recruiters sometimes feel job seekers take too much of their time. Keep this advice he shares in mind and be positive and direct, yet professional with recruiters. Ask them how to best work with them, what method of communication they prefer and …
“DO use your most powerful tool for receiving help from recruiters and staffing professionals – mutually beneficial networking. Renew existing relationships and gain warm introductions to additional recruiters by utilizing effective personal networking techniques.”
Thank you Richard, great article!
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Check out my latest YouTube video where I discuss a study that was done several years ago of about 1,000 recruiters who were surveyed to find out what is important in a prospective candidate. What do Employers look for? Recruiters and employers said the top things they felt were important for prospective employees are the soft skills. The soft skills are things that employers can’t teach. Keep this in mind in your job search.
I am very excited to be part of the new JobFox.com breakthrough program. JobFox.com is a website that connects employees with recruiters. They have recently implemented a new breakthrough program where members have access to certified career coaches. I am privileged to be one of the two career coaches who will be answering members questions on JobFox.com. This opportunity has reminded me of how important it is to connect with recruiters in your job search. Don’t discount how valuable recruiters can be in your job search. Watch this video to get helpful tips on finding recruiters today.
I presented at the GCDA event on Friday and I met some great people. One of whom has a killer book I want to recommend. “Headhunter” Hiring Secrets: The Rules of the Hiring Game Have Changed . . . Forever! by Skip Freeman (an executive recruiter in Atlanta). I highly recommend it to find out how you can get your foot in the door for your next job.
One thing I discussed with Skip at this event was how the job stats you hear on the news can be skewed sometimes. Yes, you are hearing how high unemployment is, but that can vary dramatically by industry. For example, Skip said he has 35 open positions that haven’t been filled yet.
This is important to think about for those of you who are in college, or are starting college and have no idea what direction to go in, especially in a tough economy. Using informational interviews to learn more about prospective industries can be very helpful. Learn what employment rates are like for industries that interest you.
I hope you get a chance to check out his book. He has a kindle version too so you could start reading today!!
I found a column posting that helps to answer a very common question amongst career seekers: “Why is there such a thing as a hidden job market?”?
The author, Matt Krumrie, has a great answer. Here’s the first part of his answer:
“Recruiters certainly want to find the best fit for the jobs that are available, but the last thing they want to do is sift through 200 to 300 résumés by advertising every position they have open. Human resources departments are no different than other departments within an organization. Many are often understaffed, and many human resource personnel wear multiple hats. Hiring is only one aspect of their job.”
Read the rest of his answer here: http://www.startribune.com/jobs/career/96832544.html
He gives advice on how to get in front of the hiring manager: “Find out who the hiring manager is at companies you would like to work for – even if they aren’t hiring for positions that fit your skills and experience. Try to make contact with them to introduce yourself and let them know about your background and experience.”
I have a client who recently found a company he really wanted to work for. At the time they weren’t accepting applications but he introduced himself to the hiring manager and spoke with her for a few minutes. A month later they had an opening and he filled out an application. He brought her coffee when he went in. She had remembered him from a month previously when they met, looked over his application and set him up for an interview. She also appreciated the extra touch of the coffee and they spoke a little about his application as they both drank coffee (pre-interview). Now when he goes in for his interview next week, he has already made a good first impression.
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Here’s to having a career you love!