College to Career Calendar: The part recruiters can play in your job search

Posted by Interview2work on Saturday, April 22, 2017

This is the twenty-seventh in a series of blogs supporting the College to Career Calendar available for downloading at Today’s blog discusses working with recruiters can accelerate your job search.
I spent a wonderful two days at the Career Thought Leader Conference this week. The topic? Getting noticed by recruiters and building job-securing relationships with them. There are three areas we discussed that I think will be of interest to you.

  • Where recruiters go to find candidates for the jobs they are trying to fill.
  • How candidates get noticed by recruiters.
  • How to build an interview-securing relationship with a recruiter.

As we discussed in last week’s blog; 80% of jobs come through personal networking. Working with recruiters is a very small part of this process. Make it easy for a recruiter to find you, but don’t base your entire job search plan on being found by a recruiter.

One of the speakers at the conference, Shally Steckerl, a leader in the recruitment industry, suggested the best sites for post your profile/resume on all these sites. Below is a list of sites that are appropriate for new graduates and first-time professionals. While you are on these sites set automatic alerts for jobs that fit your criteria.

Web sites of companies on your “top 40” list.*

LinkedIn is the source most often used by recruiters to find candidates. Understanding what recruiters see when they search for candidates will help you be the candidate they contact. The recruiter starts by doing a search for the keywords in the job description for a position he or she is trying to fill. The profiles of candidates with those keywords in their LinkedIn profile appear on the recruiter’s screen. The information visible is your name, picture, headline, first two sentences of your profile, and the job titles of your two most recent jobs, and your academic degrees. If the recruiter is impressed with the information on the screen he or she will open read your entire profile and look at the documents you have posted.
Tips for making the information that appears on you LinkedIn site “recruiter-friendly.”

  • Use every character in your headline to showcase what you do. Don’t waste spaces with “looking for opportunities.” Recruiters are looking for qualified candidates—employment status is not significant.
  • Make sure the first two lines of your profile are action packed and personal.
  • You have 100 characters for your job titles. Expand them to include an accomplishment statement. For example, if you worked as a waitress during college, instead of listing “Waitress” as your job title, writer your job titles as, Waitress; loved by customers, coworkers, and supervisors; never late; always enthusiastic., the second most popular site for recruiters looking for job candidates requires that you post your resume. In the process of posting you can ask to have relevant jobs sent to you. This will be a good test of your resume; if you are not getting listings for the types of jobs you want it is time to work on your resume. For help developing a competitive resume, check out the resume development blogs from earlier in this series at Another option is to work with a professional resume writer. A good source for finding a resume writer is The National Resume Writers Association.
Start by learning how recruiters work. When you get an “out of the blue” call from a recruiter handle it the same way you would a phone screening interview. Be prepared to answer questions about your job qualifications, availability, and interest in the type of position the recruiter is working on. If you find yourself in the middle of a conversation with someone asking non-job related questions or requesting you to pay a fee for their services, it is time to thank the person for the call and say “good-bye.”
Unlike a hiring manager, who may only need to fill one a job every few years, recruiters seek candidates for several jobs each month. If the job they are calling about is not a match for your qualifications the next one they work on may be. So, follow up your call with an emailed thank-you note that includes a request to be considered for future positions. Check in with the recruiter every few weeks to see if they a working on filling a position you that is a match for your skills and experience.

* If your company list does not include the names of 40 employers you would like to work for, continue to add to the list this week.

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