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In a previous blog post, we discussed the many benefits of working with a recruiter throughout your job search, such as time management and expanding your network; however, you may not yet know how to get started. A recruiter will usually be the first to initiate a conversation with you, but here are a few things you can do to connect with one quickly.
The first step in putting yourself out there to be considered for a new job opportunity is to make any updates to your resume. Ensuring you’re up to date in your resume shows the recruiter that you are serious and determined to find a new role. Make sure your most current positions have a detailed description of your job responsibilities – and be ready to speak to it with a recruiter. If it has been a while since you’ve updated your resume, you can also contact friends or family to look at it before submitting it for a job application.
LinkedIn has resources and free tools you can use if you’re looking for a new position that will help grab a recruiter’s attention. One way to put yourself out there to start a new connection with a recruiter is by updating your profile photo with LinkedIn’s “I’m Open To Work” photo frame. This feature allows you to showcase what types of work you are open to, the location, and if you’re actively or passively searching for a new job.
Job seekers commonly post using the #OpenToWork hashtag to say they’re searching for a new job and would be open to conversing with a recruiter. A recruiter will likely reach out and start a conversation with you, or someone within your network could connect you with someone hiring for a role that could be a good fit.
When conversing with a recruiter, placing your best foot forward is important. After you’ve connected with a new recruiter, they will schedule a screening interview. The screening interview is the preliminary stage of the hiring process that will ensure you have the minimum requirement for the position posted. Treat the screening interview like a job interview, and prepare for the meeting to make a good impression. Once the screening interview is completed and you have been determined to be a good fit for the job opening, your foot is halfway in the door at your new company!
After a screening interview, remember to be patient. The average job search typically takes 1-4 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, it’s normal for the process to take some time, but if it’s been about a week without any response, you can contact the recruiter to check in on the status. It is a part of their job to keep you in the loop and have an open line of communication. Part of that process is also letting the recruiter know your timeframe and if you are pursuing other job opportunities.
Working with a recruiter makes the job search process easier for candidates eager to find their fitting at the right company. Remember that recruiters are there to help you and want a mutually beneficial agreement for your career goals and the company they are sourcing for. If you begin to feel overwhelmed at any point in the process, remember that your recruiter will set you up for success by placing you in a position that fits your goals, experience, and skill set.
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June 7, 2023