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5 Ways to Make Recruiters Work for You

In order to get the best chance of being hired through a job recruiter you have to guide them into working for your interests as much as possible. This starts by remembering that while you have had difficulties finding work; the job recruiter has seen hundreds of others in the same situation.

Therefore, you must hone your tactics when working with job recruiters to maximize your chances of being hired. Here are a few solid tips that will help you find employment when you go through a job recruiter.

1. Meet them Face to Face: You’d be surprised at how few job recruiters actually meet their clients face to face. You want to keep the meeting brief and to the point by relating your skills and the type of job you are seeking. Answer their questions and provide all the relevant materials. Plus, dress appropriately for the occasion by wearing what is required for the type of job you are seeking. You want to give your job recruiter a positive impression without being overbearing.

2. Be Brief: Keep in mind that you are but one of hundreds of people a job recruiter must work with every day, so you don’t want to take too much of their valuable time. Respect their time by keeping things brief and to the point. If you can, develop a pitch of who you are the job experience you have and what skills you bring. Don’t dwell on the details unless the recruiter asks about them. Plus, send your job recruiter only what they ask. If they haven’t requested a resume, then don’t send one. Finally, don’t call frequently or overload their email system. You must strike the balance of being on their radar without being bothersome.

3. Go Online: Connect with your job recruiter over social media outlets such as Twitter and LinkedIn to keep track of new job openings. One trick that can help is that the recruiter passes on information about a job opening that isn’t quite right for you, but you know someone who might be a good fit, recommend them. Even if they do not work out, keeping this kind of contact with a job recruiter can eventually pay off.

4. Ask: If your job recruiter requests a resume, then ask a few simple questions about how they intend to use it. Is there a specific job they have in mind for you? You can tailor your resume a bit to emphasize experiences that can help you land that job. Remember to keep it brief and send over the information, but it will show that you are a more serious candidate for the job.

5. Be Patient: Remember that you are never going to be the first choice for every job opening. So after you send in your resume and don’t hear from them, relax. If you were the right person, they would have called you.

10 Job Search Tips From a World-Class Recruiter

I recently had the privilege to interview Toffee Real, Managing Director at Eastridge Infotech, who has over 20-year experience in Information Technology (IT) staffing, on the topic of IT job searching. Here are Toffee’s tips for IT job candidates. Enjoy!  

Top 7 job search strategies

1. Work your network. Nothing is like being referred directly by someone who knows you and who also knows the hiring manager.

2. Have a LinkedIn profile updated with recommendations. Employers go there.

3. Set up job search engines and respond job leads selectively. Distinguish yourself with your style and a relevant resume.

4. Call to follow up. Do not rely on e-mail.

5. If inclined, have a blog. Be a thought leader in your field.

6. Keep the pipeline full until you have a suitable offer.

7. Partner with recruiters with integrity.

Top 3 common mistakes that job seekers make

1. Not prepare for an interview thoroughly such as not knowing the company or not knowing the job.

2. Badly written resume: need to be concise (3 pages maximum). The resume is grammatically correct. It contains significant accomplishments relevant to the job requirement.

3. Not listening to what’s important to the interviewer and not answering questions directly by going around the questions and rambling.

Top recruiting sources

Our over 20 year-old database is constantly updated with referrals and other acquisitions from various other sources (e.g., references, previous clients, LinkedIn connections, job leads from Dice.com and Monster.com).

Favorite recruiting story

A client needed a senior Project Manager and ended up hiring two of our candidates not only because they were well qualified but largely because they were well prepared for each interview. The final interview included a mock-up presentation. I reviewed their PowerPoint presentations and rehearsed with them.

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