Credits: Kehinde Akintobi
Recruiters are about finding and pairing the right candidates/job seekers with their clients. So, establishing a connection, leaving a good impression, and making yourself stand out as a job seeker before these recruiters increase your chances of being considered for the job you’re applying for, and as well as other opportunities you aren’t even aware of.
Vault.com suggests that, in order to motivate a recruiter to place you on that perfect job, you need to leave them with a good impression—not just of your credentials as a candidate, but of who you are as a person. The key is to approach a new relationship with a recruiter with as much professionalism and attention to t as you would approach a new job
With the Covid19 pandemic, we are in for interesting times. Several individuals may lose their jobs or may have lost their jobs already or have some reasons to commence a search for another. As such, below are some useful guides on how to get the best from recruiters, who in some cases can serve as the link/middlemen between you and your next job. These tips may prove useful for job seekers or working professionals desirous of job changes within these times.
Tip 1) Align your Resume with the Job Role you’re applying for.
Most recruiters will want to see your resume before meeting with you. So, you must polish your resume to look like the job you are applying for. Just like the saying goes: “you attract what you look like“.
Be proactive and make sure your resume is current and up to date before contacting recruiters. TopResume.com advises job seekers to consider investing in a professional resume writing service to ensure you have an optimized and marketable resume that will truly sell you.
It is really difficult to promote a wonderful candidate with a poorly written resume. One rule of the workplace is communication and the first mirror of yourself is what you communicate recruiters in your Resume. If you don’t spell out your proficiencies clearly, it is most likely that nobody will get to know how good you are. Package your career-specific and achievement-oriented resume with all the accuracy that is required to sell an amazing product or yourself.
It goes without saying that you should never have one resume for all the jobs you apply for. Tweak your resume to match the essential requirements for each role you’re applying for. To command fair pricing, communication is required. If Mercedes Benz does not tell its customers why they should pay more, they wouldn’t be in business. In resume writing, modesty is not a requirement. That dream job in that leading organization also requires a dream candidate.
As you go about your job search, the hiring company and the recruiters are also in search of candidates. How you craft your resume can close the gap between where you are and where you want to be. In resume writing, what you say or don’t say can be used for you or against you in the ‘court of work’.
Tip 2): Widen your Options.
In a job search, the more recruiters who have your resume, the better your chances. Each recruiter has just a slice of the pie of job openings, therefore working with more than one is advised. Some recruiting firms may have job opportunities across specific industries such as energy, banking, manufacturing, or telecommunications. Some others are more tended towards outsourcing contract staffing or temporary job placements. Some may be focused on executive placement while others may be inclined towards graduate/entry positions.
Conduct research about the focus area of a recruitment firm to determine how best they can help you. You can make inquiries and ask for clarification where needed. Check the firm’s online presence, office location, office premises, public image, and personnel where possible to see whether they are a firm you can trust.
Spreading your net wide enough increases your chances of landing your dream job. Not all jobs are advertised on the pages of newspapers, job boards, or companies’ career portals. A sizeable portion goes through the recruitment firms. If you have them working for you, you stand a better chance.
Tip 3): Candidate Information
It is important to note here that recruiters are middle-men who operate based on specific requests made by their hiring clients. Just like a patient before a doctor, it is the information you provide these recruiters with that they will work with. Whilst, there is an uproar about the amount of information a candidate should share, as a candidate you are free to request non-disclosure where you feel uncomfortable.
However, information about a product can help a buying decision. The mileage, date of manufacture, transmission, and fuel consumption are key considerations for a car. Though information can direct the efforts of a recruiter more strategically, some of this guiding information does not have to be written on your resume except where it was necessary to share, it can be sent via mail or in a discussion upon request.
TopResume.com advises job seekers not to hold back or be afraid of sharing pertinent information with recruiters that they might think they need to hide. For example, if you’ve held several positions in a short period of time or have gaps in employment, your motivation for leaving or joining a company or your expectation about a job position can be helpful if you equip the recruiter with information as to why. That way, he or she knows how to best represent you to employers.
“Lots of movement in your career is okay. Just tell recruiters upfront so they know how to market your background and job changes to their clients. If you have had three jobs in five years, most employers aren’t going to be excited about it. However, if you can say the first company went out of business and the second was over an hour each way for commuting — those are good reasons to be looking for a new job and help to validate why you’ve moved around a lot.”
– Casie Luke (Recruiter and Talent Acquisition Leader)
Tip 4): Communicate your Value, not your Desperation.
Making an effective recruitment decision is essentially about the value a candidate brings to the table and not how desperate he/she needs a job. Most recruitment firms in the country are client-focused as against job search agencies in other countries that help citizens find job opportunities rather than collect financial support from the government.
In essence, most recruiters will only have job opportunities based on client requests. They do not manufacture jobs and so, it sends the wrong signals when some candidates call them three times every week to follow up or send communication to state how desperate they are in need of a job. Some even make promises of rewards if recruiters get them jobs.
Getting a job is a function of a valuable product, a willing and convinced buyer, not a pity party. Once those two combinations are made, the product is taken off the shelf. When a recruiter asks for your resume, most of the time, he needs it to assess how you will communicate value. It does not mean you have been successful in your job search. At best, the recruitment process may have just begun for you.
Tip 5): Candidate Behaviour and Etiquette
It is important to note that your interview may have started even before you submit your resume. In this interconnected world, with all the data flying around, someone somewhere may be watching you before you even have the chance to explain yourself. Do not be the candidate who will pick a quarrel about parking space with the security guard at the interview venue or the one who will post offensive content on social media.
Whilst there are arguments about how much data hiring companies should use to make a decision, recruitment is also within their independent prerogative and you cannot tell who is watching and when. Do not be the one who will miss an interview and not call ahead to give notice or the one who will call at odd hours before 8.30 am and after 8.30 p.m. with effrontery and a sense of entitlement. Asides your skills, knowledge and experiences, your behaviours and attitude are focus areas hiring companies will use to make a decision. Be at your best behaviour.
Tip 6): Ace the interview
If your resume and the selection process has put you before an interview panel, it is now up to you to make the most of it. It’s time to give a good impression about what you can bring to the table, speak louder and more about yourself than your CV, and sell yourself out. Do proper research about the company, prepare yourself for responses to likely questions, practice ahead, keep calm, speak clearly, maintain eye contact, learn about social graces and etiquette, and read about the interviewers and their professional backgrounds. Dress for the meeting the same way you would dress for an interview.
Attend to questions straight to the point without deviating or having a long introduction before each response. Ask questions that will show you are interested in the company and not just what you stand to benefit. Ask questions that require answers from the panel, not something you should already know or something basic.
According to Vault.com, lots of recruiters may want to ask where you are currently In your job search, may want to know how many interviews you’ve gone, and if you’re awaiting any outstanding decisions. They could also ask if you’re working with other recruiters. Some may find it little probing, and hesitant to divulge sensitive details about their job search. But a recruiter will appreciate your honesty, and candid answers and would in turn help them build their case for you.
An interview is an opportunity for decision-makers to validate their interest and leave with a positive view about you. It is up to you to make that happen.
Tip 7): Keep the Communication Lines Open
In conclusion, after you have been interviewed, the recruiter or the hiring organization has had a sense of what you have to offer. Whether that ends up in your success as a candidate or not, you can occasionally keep in touch to share updates on your profile, work preferences, es, and any considerations that may be useful. Even when you are unsuccessful, you can get feedback and advice as well as explore other possible opportunities.
In conclusion, keep on at it. Some doors may be closed but one door that will open may just be enough to land you your dream job. Remember that a job search is a journey that requires an investment of time. With the right information, direction, and effort, that dream may soon turn to reality.