Saturday, November 3, 2012, AM | 2 Comments
You can look for a job using different resources, one of which is a recruiter. Going through recruiters may not be the only path to get a job. But you can’t afford not to make them part of your network. Some recruiters offer advices you might want to follow to find the job you are looking for.
How do I get “seen” by recruiters?
You can get seen by recruiters electronically. Post your resume on their websites, and send an e-mail that clearly and concisely – preferably using bullet points – states your biggest accomplishments, areas of expertise, and what kind of career move you are interested in.
Make sure to present your experience and interests as a compelling story. Also, if you know people who have already been in contact with recruiting firms, ask them to refer you.
That may grab a headhunter’s attention more quickly than a communication straight from you. Then be patient.
Recruiters prefer an e-mail
You can try calling them on the phone, but recruiters prefer an e-mail asking to schedule a discussion. Today quite a good number of people are in the job market, and you will get more attention that way.
Is networking with recruiters the best way to find a job?
There are always more opportunities through networking. This is considered one of the best ways to find and secure a job.
Understand how recruiters business works
The hiring organizations, and not you, are their clients. Help them succeed. If they call to ask for information on whether people you know would be right for a particular job, be receptive and tell them whatever you are able to. If you do, when a job comes along that may be right for you, you would be one of the first candidates to be notified.
You are laid off. Is that a handicap?
Not necessarily. There are many reasons why people are in transition: companies’ strategic directions; and, of course, the economic conditions. So don’t make it a hindrance for yourself.
Does the length of unemployment a handicap?
Most recruiters agree the longer you spend in transition, the worse off you are. Resist the urge to take a long vacation.
Creating your own marketing plan and getting into the market is first and foremost. You can always negotiate a start date after you have secured an opportunity.
What should I do when I am given a lay-off notice?
Hold your head high, behave yourself as a professional in a positive way, and finish out the job. People who do that will always get stronger references and be the kind of person that companies will want to associate with.
How important are references?
Very important, and increasingly so. The days of providing three references are over. Recruiters will call at least six, and the hiring company may go further still.
In a Nutshell
Develop your network of references continuously, even if you think there is no chance you are going to be out of work.
More importantly, don’t panic once you are laid off. Keep your cool. That’s probably more important than anything else.Facebook.com/doable.finance