If you’re thinking about a job change, there’s a decent possibility you’ll work with recruiters or executive recruiters. These experts are gateways to opportunities since they evaluate talent to recommend to their clients (who are the companies with employment opportunities); thus, they can be fundamental to your pursuit of landing that dream job.
Working with a recruiter can help you get the job you want — but finding one to work with can be challenging. Here are ways you can put your best foot forward to get noticed by recruiters.
1. Build your network before you need it
Please make yourself known and respected by recruiters before you need to rely on them. The time to approach any recruiter is when you don’t need a job. It’s counter-intuitive but true. It is much harder to build relationships with recruiters and showcase your worth when you’ve recently resigned, been laid off, or are in the process of transition. When a recruiter calls, take the time to speak with them, offer to connect them with others in your network, and demonstrate your value.
2. Boost your visibility
One of the most effective ways of being recognized and identified as talent is participating actively in your professional association, speaking at conferences, publishing white papers, and updating your LinkedIn profile. Speaking and publishing are great ways to establish your expertise and recruiters like people at the top of their game. Anything you can do to get your name out there, short of making a fool of yourself, can help.
3. Prepare your career documents before you begin networking
Suppose your resume is not up-to-date, highly optimized, or written in a compelling way that demonstrates your skills, experience, and value proposition. In that case, you could miss out on new opportunities and connections. Don’t make the recruiter wait while you redraft or send an inadequate resume. Prepare your documents in advance to create the right first impression.
4. Get referred
Recruiters like to find you. They don’t typically see unsolicited candidates. To maintain a robust network, find out from your colleagues who the good recruiters are for your sector, and have your colleagues introduce you.
5. Understand that you are not their client
A recruiter works specifically for the hiring organization and not the candidate. As such, while recruiters can keep you in mind for when a role matching your skillset crosses their desk, they are not paid to find you a new position actively. Misunderstanding the relationship between the recruiter, the candidate, and the client (the hiring organization) will create a negative first impression and harm your networking success.