Whether you’re looking to go about your job hunt via employment agencies or by targeting individual companies, it is more than likely you will have contact with a recruiter at some point during the process. Recruiters can be the key for getting your details in front of that all-important hiring manager and ultimately getting that job, so make sure you get noticed with these top tips for impressing recruiters!
If you’re planning to sign up with a recruitment agency or approach an internal recruiter directly, make sure to provide full details about yourself. Providing detailed, yet concise, information will allow them to ascertain whether you could be a good match for their role. If you’re adding your details to a job board such as CV-Library, make it easy for prospective viewers to understand what it is you’re looking for. Include details about location, salary and role type requirements along with your CV if possible.
Stand out from the crowd
Believe it or not, it is possible to stand out from the crowd when it comes to impressing recruiters. Engage with them directly if you can, ask a question about a role (rather than just sending over your CV) or take initiative by asking if there’s anything else you could provide to strengthen your candidature. A polite and pleasant manner – as well as anything you can do to connect with them on a personal level – will help you stand out from the volume of potential candidates they may be in touch with.
Give them your time
Dedicating time to interfacing with recruiters will essentially mean you’ll find that new job quicker! Take calls when you can, understand they may need to discuss the finer points of your work experience in person or over the phone, and aim to respond to any email correspondence in a timely fashion. Investing time now may mean your application goes a lot further.
Say thank you
Recruiters work hard to please the companies and job hunters they work with. Taking the time to thank them for their efforts (whether they had an instrumental role in securing you a job or were just pleasant to work with) will go a long way.
Keep in touch
Once you’ve found a recruiter you think is great, one of the best things you can do is stay in touch every now and then. It’s likely that the feeling is mutual, and your recruiter will be keen to help you out next time you’re looking for something new. By promising to pop over an email every six months or so, it is less likely they will call you up or approach you about a new role before you’re ready to have that kind of discussion. If you’ve been speaking with a company representative but have missed out on a job, keep in touch about upcoming vacancies – particularly if you really want to work for the company in question.
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