Is the recruiter hiding under your bed? Probably not. Recruiters are a funny thing. At first, they’re really elusive and once you’ve figured out how to bait them, they won’t leave you alone. Here’s how it worked for me (and that’s not me in the photo).
When I first considered a career transition, I knew I should find some recruiters. I called a friend who had used recruiters for bank contract jobs a lot and he gave me a handful of names. I called these recruiters and dropped my friend’s name hoping to carry some favor. My resume was total junk! I tried to tell the recruiters my career story and the recruiters didn’t care. I didn’t understand who the recruiters represent.
I had a spiral notebook. I called those five recruiters every week like clockwork. I sent them emails regularly and I rarely heard a peep back. One lady asked me to her office to meet where she shook my hand and said she’d help. Again, I tried to share my career story and she quickly shut me down. She didn’t even try to tell me my resume was terrible and I didn’t know any better. A month went by and I could barely get a return call.
Build a Desirable Resume
Fast forward and now, recruiters contact me on average of ten times a day through email, LinkedIn, phone calls, and texts. One of the best ways to find recruiters is to have a solid resume, then share your resume online at job boards and LinkedIn. Build it and they will come. It works the same for resumes.
Build a great resume and the recruiters will come! — Caroleen Burroughs
Get Referrals from Your Network
Another great source is the referrals from your network. Have a friend that had a great recruiting experience? Ask for a referral! Recruiters love referrals and that will help you stand out. In my story above, my situation didn’t work out so great because I still had a terrible resume.
Another pro tip is that recruiters tend to recruit for specific job functions. Try to find a friend in the same field and a similar job function as you. If you don’t have that, when you call the recruiter, ask them for an internal referral for another recruiter that works on the roles you’re searching for. For example, in my case, my friend was a .NET software developer and I was a business analyst. Unfortunately, I didn’t know any better and was trying to use the recruiter for developers for me and that wasn’t the right fit.
Recruiter tip #2 – Find recruiters by building a great resume and letting them come to you. Another option is to get referrals from your network. Pro tip – be sure the referral is for a recruiter in your field. If not, ask that recruiter for an internal referral to his/her colleague that specializes in your job roles.