While many recruiters do cold-call potential candidates, when you’re actively job seeking don’t sit at home waiting for the phone to ring.
Actively build relationships with recruiters looking to place candidates like you in great positions!
There’s quite a bit you can do to actively reach out to recruiters and make yourself more visible in the marketplace…
It’s obvious that LinkedIn is an important tool in the job search. As with any career-related topic that gets a lot of airtime, there is now tons of information, some conflicting, and it’s hard to sift through all of it.
I have spent a lot of time looking for candidates on it and I know what I like to see. So here it is… what recruiters really want to see on your LinkedIn profile:
Your recruiter wants to be stalked.
Well, okay, maybe not stalked like you would Facebook stalk a love interest you met last Saturday night. Maybe they don’t want to file a restraining order.
But they do want you to research them thoroughly…
The employer has what you want…a job. So, what can you do to feel empowered? Take action. At least you can say and know that you did EVERYTHING possible. Waiting isn’t taking action. One email isn’t enough. You have to be persistent.
Recently I wrote a blog post from the job seekers’ point of view. This post discussed the many pain points that seekers deal with during their job hunt. I promised that I would allow recruiters to have their side of the story told.
Being surrounded by recruiters day in and day out made it easy for me to learn some of the main issues they wished that candidates knew. Some of these points are as follows:
I hate to say it, but the attention span of hiring managers seems to be getting shorter. Much shorter.
It’s a given that the average employer will invest only a few seconds—literally—in his or her initial resume scan. So it’s critically important to your candidacy to ensure the part of your resume in which he or she is willing to invest five seconds of attention grabs—and keeps—their attention.
The top third of your resume is where the employer will direct the bulk of his or her initial resume scan…