How to Make Sure Recruiters Respond to Your Application

recruiters respondWhether you’re an experienced job searcher or new to the market, you’re probably aware that one of the best and quickest ways to getting in front of quality employers is via the services of a professional recruiter. But how do make recruiters respond to your attempts to reach out?

The best recruiters are highly sought after and often inundated with hundreds of cold emails from candidates just like you.

With that in mind, here are a few handy tips to make sure recruiters respond to you application.

Know Thy Recruiter

Connecting with your recruiter in some manner other than a cold call works best. Don’t have a list of recruiter numbers ready to pull up in your rolodex or iPhone? Never fear! There are other ways of reaching out to make sure recruiters respond.

  • Interact on Social Media | A LinkedIn connection or Twitter re-tweet will get your name in their recent memory. It will also increase your chances of having that email or phone call returned.
  • Network Away | At every opportunity, attend social functions. Meet and greets, cocktail hours and lunchtime educational talks are all great ways to connect with recruiters.  If you’re following a recruiter online they’ll often post and share their events ahead of time.
  • Get a Referral | Having an “in” is always a preferred method for making any kind of connection. Ask your friends who have worked with recruiters to refer you to someone reputable, vouching for your skills and expertise.
  • Get Ahead of the Ball | Waiting until just before you’re ready to apply for a new position can seem a bit obvious. If you knyou want the job, begin putting yourself out there well in advance.
  • Follow Up is Key | After the initial outreach or interaction, be sure to follow up. A quick note in your cover letter or email introduction referencing how you previously met will do. With any luck you left a positive impression and a speedy response will be forthcoming.

The Impersonal Approach

Despite your best efforts, there may be times when you need to reach out to a recruiter blindly.  While not the most ideal of circumstances, necessity is the mother of invention. A quality position is worth a little additional effort in order to determine where you stand. If you don’t have the inside recruiting track, here’s a few alternative methods that may go a long ways towards making recruiters respond with a job offer.

  • The Friend of a Friend Approach | Get on Facebook or LinkedIn. Then utilize the “does anyone I know, know you?” approach. Think of this as the career-oriented equivalent of a referral. Be sure to craft your email or other outreach with plenty praise for your mutual connection.
  • Common Interests | Don’t have a personal interaction and no physical person to introduce you? Try some quick reconnaissance on the recruiter or HR groups common professional interests.  Often, you may find someone with a similar background or professional membership that can give you the secret handshake.

When All Else Fails Make That Cold Call

Sure, everyone wishes for that scenario where they are awarded bonus points or an extra shot at getting noticed by the person in charge of funneling candidate picks. But sometimes there isn’t a realistic in. If you find yourself not being able to connect with the recruiter, there’s no need for panic. A well-crafted email with a cover letter and concise resume still has a strong chance.

To increase your chances, be sure to apply early on in the hiring process. This will ensure that yours becomes one of the first resumes reviewed. It will lessen the chances that another candidate has snuck in before you. In your email or cover letter, your first several sentences should directly address aspects of the job listing. Then apply your own relevant skills to specific traits. Don’t forget to follow up within a reasonable time to show interest in the position and attention to detail.

Finally, remember that if you present yourself as a strong candidate, recruiters will notice you. Persevere and apply for jobs in your field for which you are qualified. In no time, you’ll be landing interviews and job offers!


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