Have you ever wondered how to stop recruiters from ignoring you?
In our digital world, finding and maintaining connections is easier — and more important — than ever.
It’s quick and easy to contact managers and recruiters on websites like LinkedIn. But if you don’t go about it in the right way, you could miss out on your dream job.
Here’s how to find success when connecting with recruiters.
Look for Recruiters In Your Industry
One of the most important things about looking for recruiting experts is to find ones that are well-versed in your industry.
- Do your homework in advance – don’t expect them to do it for you.
- Build a killer résumé
- Research the market
- Build a great LinkedIn profile
- Create a list of companies you will be targeting
- A specific date of when you will be “job-ready”
If an employer has approached a recruiter to find a suitable candidate for a position, this means they need someone right now! Your goal is to connect directly with these people and get on their radar.
Be cautious that employers may be using more than one recruiter to fill a role, and if both companies pitch the same candidate (you), it could cause confusion and cost you the job.
Now that you’ve identified a couple of recruitment agencies and the individuals who work in them, it’s time to reach out to them.
Build Quality Connections
Remember, 1st level LinkedIn connections are fuel for recruiters. If they have a healthy repository of 1st level connections in their bucket, they don’t need to search far and wide for new hires.
If you are on LinkedIn, take the time and effort to customize your connection request by adding the 300-character note with the request in order to increase the success rate of acceptance.
But you must demonstrate you are a quality candidate right from the get-go.
Research on their companies and their profiles before reaching out and use that information in your connection request.
Ask them questions to show you’re confident enough to be assessing their skills as much as them assessing yours.
A sample of how that request might look would be:
Hi John. I am currently looking for roles as an IT Business Analyst in the telecoms industry.
ABCrecruiting caught my attention during my research as a leading recruiter for this industry in the Toronto area.
Your personal profile seems to fit perfectly for my area of expertise, as I have +10 years of experience in project management and business intelligence in the telecommunications sector in the Toronto region.
I am currently researching positions with [Company A], [Company B] and [Company C] and many others. The reasons I have chosen these organizations is because [your research insights from these companies].
I’m curious to know if you have had experience recruiting with these organizations or any others that you feel are a good fit for this industry and what your experience has been like.
Research is a habit I carry with me on my job applications and job interviews, and I believe it sets me apart from other candidates. I hope to enhance that research with a professional working relationship with you, utilizing your inside connections with your clients to improve my chances with the opportunities you currently have.
Rest assured I am clear on my goals and my résumé and LinkedIn profile are aligned with our target market. All I require is access to your client’s opportunities.
Looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.
Put Yourself In Their Shoes
Have you ever heard the saying “you never know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes”?
Before reaching out to a recruiter, take a moment to try to understand who they are and what they do. This is as simple as reviewing their LinkedIn profile.
You’ll also want to get a sense of what’s in it for them. Some recruiters get big commissions but only if a candidate is offered the job.
Don’t assume that you are the recruiter’s client and that they should be bending over backward to find you a job — their clients are the companies.
The Benefits of Having Recruiters on Your Side
To stop recruiters from ignoring you, you should get a clear idea of what they have to offer you as a job seeker — here are a few of many points to consider:
- They have access to the hidden job market
- They get first dibs on upcoming jobs available to employers who use them
- They are often specialized in a specific niche
- They are well-connected
- They have a good handle on what employers are looking for in your market or industry
This is all well and good, but do not expect them to give you career advice; if someone is not interested in talking to you, remember there are plenty of other recruiters out there.
(If you are the right fit for a job, believe me, they will be pestering you!)
If you need help finding a job or building your dream career, seek a career coach or job search coach, not a recruiter.
Be Clear About What You Have to Offer
If you are in touch with what makes you unique in the job market and are able to articulate your capabilities clearly, you will stand out from the crowd.
But you need to actually show this, not just talk about it — here are some ways to do so:
If you are new to Canada or you’re about to move here, all kinds of experience, so long as you can prove it, will go a long way in your job search.
Even if you take an unpaid position, employers will appreciate that you’re professionally active.
Your Best Strategy is Always Personal Networking
The recruiter is one path in your job search, one ally in your arsenal of job search tools.
Network with the people who have the authority and power to give you a job. But don’t worry about recruiters who aren’t giving you the attention you deserve.
To stop recruiters from ignoring you, engage with the ones who are interested.
Learn more about how to find your dream job in Canada.