Many job seekers think about reaching out and networking with recruiters, but many don’t quite know where to begin. If you’re looking to make a career change, here are five tips to help you get the ball rolling:
Find Recruiters in Your Niche
Recruiters come in all varieties, so it is important to seek out those who have experience in your industry. Generalists can be effective, but when it comes to highly-skilled jobs, you will want to work with someone knows the landscape inside and out. Niche recruiters will have their finger on the pulse of the market, they can effectively evaluate your value in terms of salary, and they have built up a strong network of contacts in the field.
Reach Out Professionally
Most recruiters are highly receptive to phone calls and email messages from new potential candidates. However, your introductory message should be short, succinct, and always professional. Include your name, your contact information, your area of expertise, and your specific reason for reaching out. Be sure to specify your preferred method of contact and the times of the day when you are available.
Ask The Right Questions
In order to determine if a recruiter is a good fit, you’ll want to ask some strategic questions like:
- How long have you been working for your recruiting firm?
- What is your relationship like with your client companies? How many do you manage?
- Who are some of your client companies?
- How many professionals do you place each month?
- What do you like the best about working in (your industry)?
- Do you charge job seekers for your services? (Avoid any recruiters who ask for fees)
- What is your expectation from your candidates in terms of communication?
- Are you available to help me with interview preparation?
- Do you assist with resume development and LinkedIn profiles?
- Do you think I would be a good fit for any of your current open positions?
Once you’ve established contact with a recruiter and you’ve both determined that the relationship is a good fit, it is important to hold up your end of the bargain. Communication is a two-way street, and that means answering the phone and returning messages and emails quickly. Be sure your recruiter knows your schedule, that way you aren’t fielding calls during your busiest hours of the day. If you don’t have time to call your recruiter back, drop a quick email that acknowledges their message and let them know when you will return their call.
Reciprocate by Offering Referrals
Professional recruiters do not charge candidates for their services, so a great way to say thank you for all of their hard work is to provide them with referrals. When someone in your network mentions that they are looking for new opportunities, share your recruiter’s contact information, and ask your contact if you may share theirs with your recruiter. If you aren’t much for personal introductions, you can simply share your recruiter’s job postings with interested individuals.
As a job seeker, networking is extremely important. Meeting the right recruiter can mean the difference between landing the job of your dreams and remaining in the same place. When you know how to approach and interact with recruiters, you can develop the type of relationship that will help you catapult your career to the next level.
If you are a job seeker on the hunt for new opportunities, contact OnBoard Recruitment Advisers today. We are always on the lookout for new talent, and our recruiters are ready and willing to network with new people. We specialize in analytics and data-related positions in a variety of fields, and we can help connect you with the right opportunity that will take your career to the next level. We look forward to working with you!